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Date: 5/29/13 8:37 AM

Hi all,

I bought a wonderful fabric at the weekend, it's navy and white striped, with the stripes wide (about 2") at each selvedge and narrowing to about 1cm in the middle of the fabric.

I'd love to make a dress from this where the thinner lines are around my waist, and the bottom of the dress really kicks out in a serious A-line! Maybe something like this (although with a different top): http://www.lyst.com/clothing/erin-fetherston-brocade-fit-flare-dress-champagne-rose/

Do any of you have any pattern suggestions?

Thanks so much!

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Date: 5/29/13 8:44 AM

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Hi all,



I bought a wonderful fabric at the weekend, it's navy and white striped, with the stripes wide (about 2") at each selvedge and narrowing to about 1cm in the middle of the fabric.



I'd love to make a dress from this where the thinner lines are around my waist, and the bottom of the dress really kicks out in a serious A-line! Maybe something like this (although with a different top): http://www.lyst.com/clothing/erin-fetherston-brocade-fit-flare-dress-champagne-rose/



Do any of you have any pattern suggestions?



Thanks so much!

Just fixing your link :-)


Dress


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Date: 5/29/13 9:39 AM

Quote: lizziep85
Hi all,



I bought a wonderful fabric at the weekend, it's navy and white striped, with the stripes wide (about 2") at each selvedge and narrowing to about 1cm in the middle of the fabric.



I'd love to make a dress from this where the thinner lines are around my waist, and the bottom of the dress really kicks out in a serious A-line! Maybe something like this (although with a different top): http://www.lyst.com/clothing/erin-fetherston-brocade-fit-flare-dress-champagne-rose/



Do any of you have any pattern suggestions?



Thanks so much!

If you make an A-Line or flared skirt, your stripes won't be parallel to the hem in the lower portion of the dress the least.

The picture you linked to looks like a full flare skirt (the entire pattern of the skirt looks like a half circle) , where the center front will be on straight of grain and the center back on cross grain. This means that in the front you stripes will be parallel to the floor (but only at the center front, not towards the sides); and in the back, or rather center back you will have one or two perfectly vertical stripes. If this is the design you want, I can post here a diagram of how to draft a full flare skirt - it is very very easy, you just need to choose a top portion.

Another option is a circular skirt (full circle with twice as much flare than in a full flare skirt), where vertical stripes will run at side seams, and the center back and front will be horizontal.

For perfectly horizontal stripes you should probably choose a straight skirt style for your dress. Look at recent Spring 2013 collections by Dolce Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors - they featured a lot of stripes. Maybe you'll like something :)

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Date: 5/29/13 9:55 AM

By the way, I found a Dolce & Gabbana striped dress that shows very well how stripes line up on a circular skirt (full circle):

Dolce & Gabbana dress, Spring 2013

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Date: 5/29/13 10:22 AM

That is a very good example of how the fabric lays out in a circular skirt, good find! It can be hard to picture how the stripes will fall when you're cutting something like that. They made good use of the stripes with the cross-grain cut on the bodice, too. Actually, now that I think of it, I think that's the dress that the new Vogue pattern 8895 is based off of.
To the OP - is your fabric knit or woven?

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Date: 5/29/13 10:48 AM

BeckyNoSleep,

Thanks for posting the link to the vogue pattern - I wanted to draft the top portion of the dress when I saw some of the Dolce Gabbana styles this spring, and I would love to see how the Vogue patterns is made. Wish they had a sale

edit: they do have a sale, what a coincidence!
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Date: 5/29/13 11:12 AM

Thanks Marina - I'd love a diagram of how to draft a full flare skirt :-)

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Date: 5/29/13 11:13 AM

Hi Becky,

My fabric is woven, not sure of the fabric content (it was bought at a market) but it's like a soft cotton but with more body than a cotton lawn or something, so should be able to hold flare or pleats

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Date: 5/29/13 11:37 AM

no problem - actually, if you give me some of r measurements I will base the diagram on your custom size, so you will just need to recreate it without calculations (there are only a couple).

What I need to make a custom draft:

1. Waist circumference
2. Desired length (pls indicate where you measured, center front or left/right side)
3. Waist to floor Front
4. Waist to Floor Back
5. Waist to Floor Side (preferably both sides if you have an assymetric figure - 1/2" can make a difference for a good fit)

For best measurement results it helps to wear an elastic at the waist, and just make sure that all measurements are done from the lower edge of the elastic.


Hope this doesn't scare you offThe drafting is much easier than taking measurements!

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Date: 5/29/13 4:33 PM

You probably are best off using a self-drafted circle or flare skirt (that was very nice of Marina to offer to help you with that!) and then just matching it up to the bodice of your choice. Should be beautiful, can't wait to see the pictures!

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