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Date: 9/14/12 10:54 PM



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I tried to drape some folds so you could see how it lies....
-- Edited on 9/14/12 11:48 PM --

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Date: 9/15/12 0:33 AM

What is the fabric. Woven or knit? What are the contents? Cotton, linen, wool, rayon or mix?

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Date: 9/15/12 0:35 AM

woven, cotton (I believe 100%). It's not very crisp, but not soft like hankies... sorry for not having better descriptions. I'm getting better at fabric choices but have a long way to go....

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Date: 9/15/12 0:45 AM

It does look a little drapey, but that's not necessarily fatal. What view are you making? You could always underline the bodice, add a lining to part or the whole garment, or add a hem treatment like horsehair braid to help the skirt have a little more fullness.

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Date: 9/15/12 1:04 AM

I think the fabric weave and fiber might work, just as long as you realize those huge flowers on there, in the actual really large print of it, are going to get really spit up, and fractured, on the princess seaming on the front and the back of the top, and they probably are just going to look kind of "random geometric" patterned there in those places instead, and you probably won't be able to see or make out the flowers anymore.

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Date: 9/15/12 2:51 AM

it is a beautiful fabric, but it needs a simpler design to showcase the fabric.

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Date: 9/15/12 6:00 AM

This is not a comment on drape (which you requested) but support for your print.

Erdem is showing a floral Fall dress with the fabric pattern mismatched at the princess seams. Here's the Tanya dress:


I think it has a raucous look that really catches the eye and I like it so much, I already have the pattern and fabric to copy it.

So I think your fabric will totally work with that pattern -- maybe even make it MORE interesting! Regarding softness: you may have to stiffen up the collar to get it to work like the pattern photo. But maybe not depending on how you like it! I think the finished garment will have a nice swing to it with your drapey fabric.

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-- Edited on 9/15/12 6:44 AM --

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Date: 9/16/12 12:11 PM

What does the pattern suggest? I find that if I stay within weight and type guidlelines (woven vs. knit) suggested on the pattern envelope, things usually turn out well even if my selected fabric is not specifically listed.

If they suggest crisp fabric, linen is often listed. If they suggest more drape, challis is usually mentioned, and both could be in the category of "lightweight wovens."

To me, that looks like a good enough match between fabric and pattern. A quick look at reviews shows that people have made this dress in various weights of fabric from firm stretch cotton to crepe and most have been happy with their results. Your fabric should work.

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Date: 9/16/12 1:31 PM

I've made this dress. The collar looks best if it holds its shape. Mine can go from looking nice and Jackie-O to looking like a cowl if I don't maintain it throughout the day. If your fabric is limp I wouldn't recommend it, or as someone said, maybe add something to stabilize it slightly.

It is a very good pattern. The collar nicely frames the face.
-- Edited on 9/16/12 1:32 PM --

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Date: 9/17/12 10:43 AM

Per a previous comment on the princess seams - you could use a similar pattern, but substitute a bodice with darts instead of princess seams. That would reduce the amount of flower distortion. If the fabric is a bit thin, you can underline with a cotton batiste or similar. The fabric may look nice with a pattern with a midriff band trimed in thin white piping.

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