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Date: 8/14/12 10:55 AM

I have plans to knock off this Alexander McQueen dress (or at least get close). I am going to use V1154 for the bolero/jacket portion. However, I am stumped over the dress. From zooming in on it it looks like the back has darts, but the front has no darts and no seaming. Also, there are no separate bodice and skirt pieces. I have looked at the Big 4 and the closest I can find are sheath dresses that have darts on the front too. Would it be possible to fold them out of the pattern before cutting? I would definitely make a muslin first, but I just want to be sure I am not wasting my time.
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Date: 8/14/12 11:04 AM

Did you notice the photo on the left? Just under the bolero on the left side there is a huge wrinkle that looks like a dart. It's not a dart, but that shows the need for one, even on the thin model.

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Date: 8/14/12 11:35 AM

Hmmm...I did not think of that. I did notice that there are fit issues with the dress. Look at the back view at the wrinkling effect.

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Date: 8/14/12 11:35 AM

On the middle picture you can see a front seam. It looks like it goes from her hip to her bust and the grain on either side is different. You'll need to zoom in to see it. I think a princess seam sheath could be your best place to start from.

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Date: 8/14/12 12:32 PM

I think it has french darts on the front. Like this Pattern.

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Date: 8/14/12 2:06 PM

I went back and looked and I can see the seaming now in the pic where the side of the dress is shown. I am thinking that Vogue 8666 Vogue 8666 may work.

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Date: 8/15/12 11:31 AM

On first glance this is an elegant silhouette. But then you see the model's belly button and hip bones jutting out. Yuch. It is still elegant and sewn properly it would be gorgeous.
Yes knock it off, who would pay the price for a dress that doesn't fit right?
You can still achieve the look with almost any long, form fitting column dress.
Are you tall? You lucky person!

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Date: 8/15/12 2:14 PM

I can see the two long almost princess seamed like,bust darts in it; they actually start at below waist level but above lower hip in the side seams, and look like they terminate maybe at the bust, but since it's actually covered by the bolero portion, it's hard to tell, they actually even may continue into princess seams that instead end maybe go up to the shoulder seam even about half way on the front shoulders?

If you wanted to do it more like that, there is a current Vouge 8666 sheath pattern that is shaped about the same, and at least it does have a v neck, only that instead of having darts that maybe go into princess seaming, on it, it uses separate front side inset pieces. It also has some more central front darts too, but I think the end effect would about the same. As you not going to be able to match that dress exactly with a pattern.

It's here:
http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8666-products-11346.php?page_id=857




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Date: 8/19/12 1:16 AM

I'm currently sewing with McCalls 6201 http://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/42368 and I adore it. It includes the A, B, C, D cup fittings for a sheath dress with vertical darts from bust apex to belly and these are mirrored on the back from shoulder blade to butt.

The dress you're looking to copy... can't tell if it has stretch in it or not. I lean towards yes, because there doesn't seem to be shaping in the front bodice? But the back looks very similar to McCalls 6201.

So far I've just made up a muslin of McCalls 6201 and I'm amazed at how good the fit is. I'm going to move the bodice darts down a half inch (a common alteration for me) but other than that I'm making it straight up.

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