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Date: 5/8/12 3:53 PM

I am using Butterick 5748 and 3853. I made muslins of both dresses. The first, 5748, had an awful neckline and the way the waist worked out made me look wider than I am. I also wasn't a fan of the skirt. The bust was a perfect fit, though.

The second, 3853, had a lovely skirt and a much better neckline. However, I just couldn't get the darts to work for modern day bust shape. So I have kind of "spliced" the patterns together, using the darts of the first and most of the design on the second. (Though I may do a different skirt, but that is neither here nor there.)

5748 has a back zip. 3853 has a side zip. Either way I am going to use an invisible zipper. I can't make up my mind where to put the zipper on my combined pattern though! Anyone have preferences or advice?

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2015 In: 36 yards
2015 Sewn: 25.5 yards
2014 In: 99.75 yards
2014 Sewn: 80.5 yards

I'll try anything once :)

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Date: 5/8/12 3:59 PM

My preference is for a side zipper. That said, you might want to test your muslin by pinning one opening shut and seeing how easy it is to put the dress on. Use whichever works best.

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Date: 5/9/12 10:12 AM

Since good help is so hard to find and I don't seem to have a lady's maid to dress me, I have a strong preference for side zips. I like to be able to dress myself.

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Date: 5/9/12 3:08 PM

I'm hesitant to do a side zip in case I need to do more alterations. And I'm fairly flexible and can zip the back myself. Although, if I did it in the back, I would need to put in a hook and eye and have someone do that probably.

Hrrrrr. I am so indecisive. I will fart around with the dress some more and try basting in a side zip and see how I like it.

Thanks!

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2015 In: 36 yards
2015 Sewn: 25.5 yards
2014 In: 99.75 yards
2014 Sewn: 80.5 yards

I'll try anything once :)

Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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