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Date: 11/3/12 1:47 AM

So DD asks if I can make her this dress. I think I can figure out the front, but the back is a mystery. I can't find a picture, the only thing to go by is the fabric hanging down at the back, visible between her legs.

I am going to start with two rectangles of fabric, maybe 1.5m long. One short side of each will become the tunnel for the drawstring at the neck, then bring each rectangle to the back. I could do the same at the back as at the front, and then make a pencil skirt from the same knit to make the dress decent. At the sides the enormous armholes need to be sewn up to a reasonable size, then the resulting ''point'' needs to be tucked in. This will result in the side seam and lovely drape along the sides seen in the pic.

I think my plan will work, but clearly it's not the way the inspiration dress was constructed, because of the bit hanging down at the back. Oh for a photo!

Any ideas anyone?



Edited to make the photo smaller, it was annoying me the way it pushed the page out and made all the type small!

-- Edited on 11/3/12 3:30 PM --

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Date: 11/3/12 8:46 AM



Looks like it is just tacked under the arm.

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Date: 11/3/12 8:54 AM

Just guessing....

I wonder if the dress is made from one large rectangle. The back neck is the middle of one edge, and the neck casings at the front are the short ends? This would give a straight grain back but bias front (I think) and would mean the back would be longer.

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Date: 11/3/12 11:37 AM

I recently saw a pattern with that same back. Let me look around.
It's alot of fabric. What do you think you will use?

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Date: 11/3/12 12:20 PM

It also looks like there's a short underdress across the front.

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Date: 11/3/12 3:24 PM

Thanks for the help guys!

Sharon, I am planning to sew that side seam to avoid wardrobe malfunctions.

Mary, I will add a skirt and make it a fair bit longer.

Mel, you are spot on. I came to the same conclusion and draped a 3m length of fabric on Kunigunde. It's close, except Kunigunde is not nearly as slim as Anja.

I just roughly pinned the gathered bits, so it's just an impression. It will drape a bit differently and hopefully closer to the original once it is gathered and sewn. Also, the knit is maybe not as fine. DD picked a beautiful navy which is about the same weight as the purple one I used to experiment. It should drape well, but is a bit heavier than the original.



Edited to make the @#^% picture smaller!

-- Edited on 11/3/12 3:42 PM --

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Date: 11/3/12 11:13 PM

If you want to reduce the drape, you might be able to alter the shape of the rectangle to be narrower in the bit that goes under the arms?? That would have to be at the underarm side, I think altering the bottom side would be obvious. Or I guess you could experiment with darting the side.

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Date: 11/4/12 1:32 AM

Mel, we are on the same page as I was thinking the very same thing! But glad to hear it from someone else too, very reassuring.

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Date: 11/4/12 12:55 PM

My "guess" is that the back has a section that is raised up to also form a channel for the neck tie to go through. From the looks a good sized dart or pleat occurs under the arm.

From the pictures it is hard to see if the neck tie piece is a thick cord that just happens to match or some of the fabric twisted upon itself. My other complete guess is that it just slips over the head without any need for opening devices.

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Date: 11/4/12 2:12 PM

Sharon, in a closeup I could see that the drawstring is braided strips of the fabric. I'm not sure whether to sew them into a thin tube like a spaghetti strap first, or to leave them raw. I will have to. trial it.

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