I made a dress with a corset-type bodice very similar to what you're trying to achieve for an a-level project. I searched everywhere for a pattern but had absolutely no luck, but, if you are willing to pattern manipulate over and over again you can make your own pattern. Using a pattern for a stretch-fabric lingerie bodice, http://www.sewessential.co.uk/images/productpdf/KS_2358.pdf you can play around to create cups and a bodice that will work in woven fabrics and have the fit you need. Despite the image giving the effect of several panels, as it's stretch, the pattern comes as only about 4 pieces, hence why you'll need to do a lot of adapting, but it's worth the effort! Hope that might help!
Basically, i'm making a ball dress, its got a mid-length heavily gathered skirt and fitted sweet-heart neckline bodice, made of polyester satin, with a centre back zip. I want to put a fairly wide waistband on it in the same fabric, with an overlay of polyester chiffon, but when i've tried to put waistbands on dresses before, i've ended up with distorted fabric as the waistband is straight cut as opposed to the darted and seamed bodice. any idea how i can resolve this issue? would cutting the waistband on the bias help? or is the simplest choice to make the waistband separately from the dress and have it fasten on separately like with lacing at the back?
I wondered if anyone knows of any patterns or the existence of any instructions to make patterns for something like this? I can adapt something, provided it has the basic cup shape and little elasticity/use of stretch fabrics. Thanks in advance for any help!
This question might be a bit misplaced but this was the best place i could think of to put it. I'm doing a project in textiles to make occasion wear that is really nice and based on older more glamourous styles such as that of the 50's, but still fairly affordable, so i need to work out a budget. However i need to know what kind of markup is usually added on to the manufacturing costs (just really materials, not labour) of high street/high end high street garments so as to know how much my final product would be retailed for. Im looking for some kind of percentage or formula to help work it out.
Looks great! I'm planning to make one of these myself with cotton jersey, and with no overlocker either, but i've never sewn stretchy fabrics. Just wondered if you used straight stitch or zigzag for seams and if you hemmed it at the bottom. Thanks in advance!
Thanks for your help! Yeah it's set on 5. Come to think of it, i had the same problem occasionally with another brother i had, but it was a much more basic model. Perhaps it definitely is something to do with the way I'm threading it. Im used to Bernina machines so maybe i'm doing something i usually do on those, that shouldn't be done when threading a brother.
I've started to go through the thread suggested, hoping it will help. If anyone thinks photos would help clarify the problem to help with an explanation let me know and i'll take some.
EDIT i've gone through the thread and tried everything suggested, whilst it seems i'm having more successful attempts than failures now, the thread still gets caught in the bobbin casing every now and again, usually after a successful attempts, without re-threading in between.
Got a new machine - Brother XL 5500 special edition, but am having problems with it
Tried testing some short lengths of straight stitch, but thread (not sure whether upper or lower) was getting caught in the bobbin casing. I had to remove the bobbin casings to remove this thread and after replacing the parts, i had problems with the thread snapping as soon as i began sewing.
Now i seem to have corrected this, but either i get the previous (most common) problem of thread getting caught in the bobbin casing, or the needle coming unthreaded, with the occasional perfect row. The machine seems much noisier mechanically than previous machines I've used as well.
I have no idea whether i'm doing something wrong or its a machine issue but would greatly appreciate some help.