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« on: August 15, 2006 11:11:15 PM »

I am looking at making a cotton dress for summer and maybe to get married in too I am asking as I have some loverly fabric (white cotton with deep red cherries) that I brought when trolling the garment district in LA and will never find again so I don't want to "waste" it on a dress that is 
I am a size 22-26 depending Smiley  and have a 8 shaped body
I was wondering about flattering cut  or style for the bodice a...
Empire waist?  princess seams ?  surplice (those cross over thingies)
So any ideas ?
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2006 11:29:41 PM »

what about a retro-style fit, kinda fitted waist, somewhat flared (a-line or circle skirt of some sort)? If u have an hourglass figure that should be pretty flattering, i think empire waist styles are ok for hiding tummy, but i think they have a way of making everyone look a little preggers.  Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2006 07:57:17 AM »

I really like the look of a-line, it is flattering on everyone.  As for the bodice, I am top heavy and surplice is great and gives a nice look.  Whatever you do, the fabric sounds gorgeous and we want pictures!! Wink

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2006 11:01:54 PM »

I have an 8ish shape too, and I love sundresses with a modified empire waist...like with a empire bust, but with the bottom slightly A-line. I think that is very flattering. Oh, and I love, love, love spaghetti-type straps! Hmm, I'll see if I can find an example of the style I mean...
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2006 05:18:21 PM »

Hi! I made McCalls 5137 http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5137.htm?tab=dresses&page=1 and didn't bother to gather the waist and I think it might be what you're looking for!

I'm a Canadian size 24-26 in dresses (wider below the waist...much wider! LOL  Grin ) but just added a little to the bottom of the pattern and was pleased! I think it worked well, will post pics when I get a chance.
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2006 07:11:06 PM »

I'm also an 8-shape.  I love a good surplice neckline- especially because you can sew it so it's nice and immodest  Smiley , and pin it in place (if you must) for more modest occasions. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2006 12:40:31 AM »

I'm a huge fan of corsets! Maybe make a simple dress and then a fully-boned corset for over the top? that would be gorgeous!
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2006 09:49:46 AM »

yay for corsets!!!! i made my own wedding dress, but shelled out the big bucks for a custom made corset.... i felt so wickedly sexy.
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2006 01:39:12 PM »

I LOVE CORSETS! But I would go for Aline skirt and sweetheart top on this one. When it gets colder you can do a corset paired with a baby tee under it maybe with the skirt! Smiley I wanna see pics guys!!!!  Undecided Grin Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2006 05:58:45 PM »

Hi! I made McCalls 5137 http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5137.htm?tab=dresses&page=1 and didn't bother to gather the waist and I think it might be what you're looking for!

I'm a Canadian size 24-26 in dresses (wider below the waist...much wider! LOL  Grin ) but just added a little to the bottom of the pattern and was pleased! I think it worked well, will post pics when I get a chance.

oh you just made me sooooooooo happy with that pattern link.  you are now officially my hero.  do you think it would work in cotton? (knitter starting to dabble in sewing).  honestly, i was looking at the old navy site online and starting to tear up at the thought of having to try on any jeans.  and it's too hot in austin to wear jeans anyway.  ;oP
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