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Date: 5/14/13 12:43 PM

I'm making this dress from Burda magazine.
It has four pleats on the front and back bodice and skirt.
Burda 5/2013 #126

I tried a muslin using sewable tracing paper, but I guess I didn't look close enough? Everything seemed to be off after I made it in the actual fabric.
I had to make a couple sizes smaller over all, and it looks better but I don't know how to figure out one thing...

I get a big "bubble" effect above the back bodice pleats.. Seem to have extra fabric poofing up.
If you know what I mean, how can I fix it?
I made it for a party coming up next weekend...
If I can't fix it I'll need to BUY a dress!! ...which I hate to do since I learned how to sew!

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Date: 5/14/13 2:12 PM

Poofing worse then the photos you linked to? It could be the drape of your fabric, the pleats may not be deep or long enough for you.

Posting photos of your dress will make it easier for people to help.

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Date: 5/14/13 3:18 PM

I think the bodice might be too long for you. Try pulling the waist down to see if elongating the bodice solves the problem. If so, you need to shorten the bodice.

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Date: 5/14/13 4:54 PM

If you know how to hand sew, even if it had a big bubble coming up from the back over the pleats, and even if you did not want to take it apart and change anything in a hurry, or no time to do that, by unpicking anything or machine sewing anything different, I don't think you would ever need to "give up and buy" a different dress just over it, instead just for one party, if you did not want to do that.

Don't know why you got a poofing and a bubble there, maybe your fabric is just stiffer than would work good for that there, or maybe the bodice is kind of long for you and so with the waist there it's getting forced and pushed up there. Or just anything. But if you put it on, and then can even fold and manipulate the fabric with your hands and can make make it look better doing anything (hard to do when it's on your back though) You could probably always just more invisible hand sew tack it down (without even re-doing the dress at all) and still wear it to the event, and even then just worry about it later instead. So don't forget you actually have that possibility too always.

Also maybe your body and shoulders are just a bit different than the pattern. If you got some shoulder pads lying around, you could also just try sticking them under the shoulders (without even sewing them in at all) and see if that does anything good.

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Date: 5/14/13 5:34 PM

I agree with an earlier comment, your bodice is more than likely too long, it has nowhere to go so it is puffing out. I would detach the bodice from the dress and then take the required amount off the bottom of the bodice .

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Subject: How to fix a bubble over pleats Date: 5/20/13 8:35 PM

Thank you everyone.
As it was pointed outa, I think the bodice was too long for my back.
I shortened it and the fit was a lot better, but this dress just wasn't for me... :(
I think all the pleats were at the wrong area.
It looks ok from the front and back, but once I turn to the side the pleated fabric adds extra volume to the look and I look so much bigger than I really am. :(

One lesson to learn... Don't try to sew something new at the last minute!!
I thought 2-3 weeks was enough time, but just in case it turns out to be a wadder and something else need to be made or bought, I should've started as soon as I heard about the party!!

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Date: 5/20/13 9:53 PM

When I looked at the picture, I thought it would be very cute made up in a softer fabric rather than a fabric with so much body and stiff hand. The fabric choices make such a huge difference in the outcome. Sorry you were disappointed. Lesson learned, right?

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