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After Fabric cut and pinned, serious doubts arise...
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Date: 7/28/13 1:07 AM

Hi, all. I could use some advice. Back when I was first toying with the idea of learning to sew, I bought loads of fabric and patterns for nearly nothing from a JoAnn Fabrics store closing sale.

One of the fabrics was a colorful graphic circle print that I thought would make for a fun interpretation of a sort of 60's mod style dress made from Butterick pattern (B5415). I cut the dress ages ago, but I wasn't considering the fact that my 34-36 G bustline would not necessarily play nicely with a dress reminiscent of Twiggy's heyday.

Now, I have this unfinished project haunting me. Today, I pinned the long-ago cut pieces to my dress form --(she's wearing one of my bras, stuffed with fabric scraps)--and got very sad. I'm concerned that what looks like a clean, elegant silhouette on the envelope looks like a dowdy hausfrau housecoat on my doppelgänger.

Now, maybe I've been watching too much Project Runway, but I'm really hoping to find a way to salvage this project, without spending the time to sew something that will look dated and frumpy. I've been playing with the fabric pieces all day--see pics Here

I'm not crazy about *any* of them, to be honest. So, can you help a newbie out? Do you see any hope for rescuing this project, or do I just accept that there is NO WAY to make this dress flattering to my body?

I'd be so very grateful for feedback. Thanks so much for your help.
Tamara

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-- Edited on 7/28/13 1:20 AM --

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Date: 7/28/13 1:10 AM

picture link broken for me

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Date: 7/28/13 1:19 AM

I think I've fixed it. Would you mind trying again?

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Date: 7/28/13 2:22 AM

works now, but I don't have much in the way of ideas. The fabric is both large scale and high contrast and that defines the dress no matter what you do. My only suggestion would be to try using black bands as in two of the pattern envelope pictures. It might up the mod factor.

EDIT- oh, and I like the first view the best by a long shot. IMO, the straight lines work best with the circle print. If you start adding fitting curves to the circle print curves....it starts to look a bit 'bubbly' I think.

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Date: 7/28/13 3:08 AM

As a fellow busty lady I have to say that a shift shape is not kind. I think you need to add vertical waist darts or belt it. This will disturb the print but I would prefer that to a tent hanging from the bust. I would make it as fitted as you can. The fabric is young and fun, it's just the shift shape that is dowdy.

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Date: 7/28/13 3:29 AM

One very well known patternmaker says to "stop the flow of the print by adding something else for visual interest". What I can suggest is some kind of wide piece across your midriff. Much like the banded waist, but not as narrow or tight. In black or blue. The wideness of the band will breakup all the dots, and not accentuate the upper bodice so much. And I'd wear red shoes with this.

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Date: 7/28/13 4:30 AM

Miss Fairchild, I think that is a great suggestion!

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Date: 7/28/13 5:37 AM

When I saw the pics, I just thought the second one: the empire variation was awesome! I love taking such a bold print and making something so figure flattering (aka sexy) out of it! I'm sure a wide band like Miss Fairchild suggested would be great too, but I just love that empire variation! Let us all know what you decide!

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Date: 7/28/13 5:41 AM

I like the third one, with the band. It just appealed to me when the flickr window opened first.
But would like to see the band either a moved a little higher or the band to be a little taller. Have you tried that yet?

Love the fabric, it's going to be great. Worth your trouble :)

yes, red shoes would be fabulous!

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Date: 7/28/13 8:02 AM

I think the second two versions totally work! I especially like the banded/belted one, but the empire is really cute, too. Which shape usually looks best on you? (I'm a 34DD and have a hard time with empire waists.) IMO, it's the long sleeves in the first view that make it look dowdy--just too much, too much.

That said, if you still love the fabric but are concerned about wearing that much print, can you salvage the skirt pieces for a skirt? Or perhaps play with the colorblocking used in some of the other pattern views.

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