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Making DD wedding gown and I need a pattern for the train and skirt
The back appears to have a godet at center below hips
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Date: 6/25/13 2:13 PM

My DD wedding is end of September. The dress we are imitating is This Dress.
I'm struggling to find a pattern with the gathered "godet" area in the back.
Does anyone have a suggestion for me?

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Date: 6/25/13 3:11 PM

You really don't need a special pattern for this, are you working with a long dress pattern with a train? All of this train and skirt shaping takes place below the hip line so there are no fit issues other than length (not a fit issue, just design) so you can decide what you like. When adding the godet, will you want it the same length as the dress or longer? Decide the center length of the godet, leave the center back seam open the same length, (don't forget your SA's) and make sure your side lengths are the same length starting from the tip of your godet (triangle), then curve the bottom of your godet to your liking. I usually make mine the whole width of the fabric, if there are no designs to match or shine issues (nap) and you need it fuller you can use the cross grain. The biggest issue in sewing is stretching the bias. You do not want to do this before you sew or while you are sewing or you get ripples and uneven sides. I make lots of wedding gowns and what I find works best is having a large cutting surface, pinning or clamping all seams together ( I use old fashioned flat hinged hair pins) while still flat, never let the fabric hang over the edge of your work surface, even while sewing. If this is your first time making this you might want to gently hand baste together with silk thread just inside the seam allowance, ( so you won't scar the fabric) to help keep things in place. Good luck and relax, just think of it as another dress that happens to be white.

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Date: 6/25/13 5:09 PM

How about this OOP Vera Wang Vogue Pattern? Vogue 2118

Beautiful dress - let us know how it goes. I love the lace and the bateau neckline.

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Date: 6/25/13 6:07 PM

I really haven't seen any patterns like this with the godet detail the back. Often the train is somewhat a triangle shaped piece,joined to the side backs.This would be a very pointed section that would not go all the way to the waist.You should clip to lie flat and mark at the exact center of seam and re-enforce the seam[use organza] where it will be joined to the point i61 sew-fun's suggestion is right on.It looks like the godet part is the lace train attached to the sheer overdress and the satin under dress is straighter.The train will lie fairly flat against the dress until the bride walks.If you want the train to stand out more,you could build a few layers of netting into the godet piece as well.

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Date: 6/25/13 11:23 PM

Maybe this pattern would be helpful? NAYY

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Date: 6/26/13 11:08 AM

Vogue 1075 has a godet in the back, albeit off to one side.

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Date: 6/26/13 11:22 AM

McCalls has an OOP 3571 with a godet back and a flat front.

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Date: 10/1/13 4:59 PM

Well I ended up not using any pattern for the godet. I used a tulle "muslin" to get an idea of how long she wanted the train. Then I split the center back seam and inserted the godet, all on practice (cheap) tulle. I shaped up the train "circle" as she was wearing the gown.

I have put up a few pics of the finished gown. We don't have the professional ones back yet, but you can get an idea of the dress pics we did at home.
Thanks for all your help, ladies. The pictures are at this other thread I started, Here.

Scroll down to the end of Page One for the links :)

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Date: 10/1/13 5:07 PM

That is one bee-utiful dress you made! And the bride looks like a knock-out in it.
Thanks for posting a link to the pics too

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