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Date: 6/10/13 10:06 AM

It was strongly suggested that I should make a muslin of the dress that I am making a for a friend, because I was trying to be lazy and not wanting to put forth the extra effort to make the correct alterations needed. I dug up some pink knit that I had used in a previous project. It had more stretch than the knit I'm using for my friend's dress, but I figured if it stretches at all during the fitting, then it's not big enough in that area.

When I got to her house, she and her husband has made, what they call, a "Marandaquin" (play on mannequin, and her name is Maranda ) from duct tape! So I now have my very own dress form of Maranda, so I can stress out less than I was before because I don't have her available 24/7 for fitting.

But I was extremely elated to find that the muslin I made not only fit, but was a smidge too big! So I needed to take it in a little on the side seams, since that's where the "gaposis" was, and everything else fit well (especially through the bust, there I was the most paranoid about it not fitting.

I made my changes to the bodice, and finished cutting out the fabric last night (need to cut out the lining still).

The knit we're using is a cotton/linen blend and is super lightweight for summery clothes, so I suggested she might want to wear a slip underneath, to which she said she didn't have one. Does anyone have suggestions for a good slip, or even resources for making one?


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Date: 6/10/13 11:29 AM

So good of her husband to pitch in and help make the dress form.

Camisoles and half slips are readily available and less expensive (you can get them at WalMart) than making your own. They may even have full slips.

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Date: 6/10/13 4:00 PM

I find HerRoom.com a good place to find slips, if she lives in America. (I don't know about the cost of shipping!)

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Date: 6/10/13 4:03 PM

Beautiful!

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Date: 6/10/13 4:16 PM

Thanks gals, I let her know where to find a slip to help with the opacity in the skirt. I'm hoping to cut out the lining tonight and start sewing up the dress. I was thinking about serging the whole thing, but I figure I'll do a straight stitch and then fit her and neaten the seams with the serger if necessary.

Also, I think AllNewtoMe suggested the books by Barbara Decker. I actually started taking her Craftsy course for sewing plus size garments. She's hilarious and the principles she teaches are applicable to more than just plus size sewing

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Date: 6/10/13 5:09 PM

Nice fit. Be sure and post pictures of the finished dress.
I also like the Barbara Deckert Craftsy class. My favorite class is Lynda Maynards fitting class.

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Date: 6/11/13 5:09 AM

What a wonderful releif to have the duct tape form and all turning out so well.

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Date: 6/11/13 11:15 AM

You did such a great job on the muslin if you need to do another trade/gift with her all you need is a complementary material to make a great empire waist dress.

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Date: 6/11/13 11:51 AM

I can't think of a more respectful compliment to your time and skills that your friend and her husband have paid you by taking the time to prepare the Marandaquin.

And what a spectacular statement of friendship between the two of you. Yes, you have agreed to a trade. But you have committed to offer her your best. She has committed to make it as easy as possible for you and to shoulder some of the responsibility by helping with the fit. A beautiful and unselfish 'got your back' kind of relationship. I hope your friendship lasts forever.

Super job on the muslin.

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Date: 6/18/13 3:22 PM

Those dict tape doubles are so helpful. I love mine....and I love your friend's name for hers.

The bodice you show is beautiful. What pattern is this. I must have it for a summer party.

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