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Message Board > Pattern Modifications, Design Changes & Pattern Drafting > I have some plans for this pattern, but I'm afraid I'm overestimating myself...

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Date: 4/23/13 11:25 AM

http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/tiered-dress-032013

That's the pattern I've found, but I hate the skirt and how high the lace neckline goes. I've sewn several things and drafted some patterns, but nothing quite like this so I have all these big fabulous wedding day ideas that work wonderfully in my head, but I have no idea if I can actually pull them off. Hopefully someone can put my feet back on the ground :)

-I really want to do a 1.5 circle skirt (of something amazingly soft and flowy rather than stiff lace rectangles) that's longer and fuller in the back than the front, and I've figured out *how* to do it but I'm not sure if I *should*. I fear it would be just a crazy pile of heavy fabric and overwhelm me.
-I want to either bring the neckline down to just above the sweetheart bodice or nix the lace front and just continue to the straps from the back, but I have a hard time picturing the first in my head, and the second seems like it would remove a lot of interest from the front of the dress.
-If I removed the lace altogether, would still having the lace sleeves (slightly longer and way less stiff) seem random? Would having the lace on the bodice and sleeves but not skirt also be strange? How else could I incorporate the lace?
-It's got 4 pieces of boning it it, but the material, even with the lining, for the sweetheart bodice will not be the most supportive. Would sewing in bra cups (since the back is completely out) be necessary, helpful, and/or possible?

Sorry, I know it's a lot, but I would really appreciate any help at all, thanks so much!!


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Date: 4/23/13 6:53 PM

My first thought is if you remove the lace at the top the straps and arms would look odd from the front. Adding a different skirt should be no issue, and putting cups in would be a good option but it seems the only part you intend to keep is the bodice? Maybe you need to look at some more options with pieces closer to what you are thinking of - maybe to frankenpattern it into the ultimate dress... or snoop shop and check the different top and skirt styles on you.
Good luck Finding the right dress is the hardest part if memory serves...
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Date: 4/23/13 10:57 PM

hi! thank you,
the way I'm thinking of the straps is like these--http://www.etsy.com/listing/113273267/odessa-sweetheart-boho-hippie-wedding?ref=sr_list_6&ga_search_query=boho+sweetheart+wedding+dress&ga_view_type=list&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_facet=boho+sweetheart+wedding+dress
do you think this is too far from the pattern to attempt?

I've looked at a lot of patterns and since the skirt I have in mind is unlikely to be in any of them (the only place I've found it is dance costumes) I'll probably just use this bodice, strap, and sleeve pattern with the drafted skirt pattern, if I can ever figure out the tiny little details of the front. Thanks so much for your help :)

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Date: 4/23/13 11:24 PM

That's a really pretty dress; I think the sleeves on that are a bit longer than on the Burda one. Lengthening them should be no drama. (She says not being the one who has to do it)
I'd recommend making a muslin/toile/practice version in a really light voile to start, so you get an idea of how much circle you want in the skirt and are more confident in the boning and bodice construction. Then you can play and see if you prefer a chiffon or lace overlay on the bodice, and have a go at some draping to make an interesting feature. To tie it in you can always have the overlay go partly over the top of the skirt (symmetrically, asymmetrically, the choice is yours).I cut my teeth on formal wear, and really, a well drafted fitted bodice is actually quite easy to do, just time consuming. I think if you take your time, you will be fine.

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Date: 4/23/13 11:28 PM

That sounds like a plan, thank you!

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