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« on: April 26, 2007 11:38:42 PM »

My best friend is getting married 2 weeks before my due date, and I have to wear a strapless gown to the event (we made a pact back in the day...). That's not necessarily a bad thing, because my belly will actually help keep my boobs up  Tongue

Anyhoo, I found this old string here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111311.0, and fell in love with the idea.
Got the fabric (black lycra) and everything, now I have a question: I want to make the A-line skirt with only one seam. Can this be done? Should I make the top of the skirt (which connects to the boob tube) straight or curved?

This is the first dress I am making by myself - I want to get cracking soon so I have time for a plan B in case it turns out to be a total catastrophe...
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2007 08:20:28 AM »

I don't think you can make Aline w/o 2 side seams (at least).  There are shapes you can make w/only 1 seam but I don't think Aline is one of them.

Check out this tutorial for materinity tummy adjustments to patterns... it's for tops but if you imagine the 2nd pattern as a short dress (you'd attach the tube top & tie panels instead of the bodice shown), I think you'd be able to make the same changes.  It also shows why you can't cut an Aline from one piece... it flares out on the sides.  You'd only get a flare on one edge if you try to make it w/one seam.

http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2006/04/full_tummy_adju.html


Personally, I'd make the front much longer than you think you want it, then have someone pin the hem for you while you are wearing it.  That way you are most likely to get a fairly straight hem.  If you need to, you can cut the extra hem off.

YOu don't say how far along you are now or how far away the wedding is, but I'd also have a plan B just in case the dress doesn't fit on the day of the wedding.  I had a particularly unpleasant experience w/a bridesmaid dress which was literally bursting at the seams by the time the ceremony rolled around (despite being cut "plenty big"   Roll Eyes  ).  You never know how your body will change from week to week!  Yikes!   Grin
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2007 10:55:57 AM »

Thanks... in the meantime I though that I would make the Aline with four pieces - the thing is that the dress can be worn in all directions, and having seams down the center but not down the sides seems kind of weird to me... I thought I would make the boob tube with one seam, which is 90 degrees from the opening in the upper layer that can be tied in all sorts of ways, and then I should be able to wear the dress in various directions without the seam going down the middle of my boobs... maybe it's the hormones but it also seems a little strange.
I am taking the sizes from a dress that I wore up to the end of my last pregnancy.
Thanks for the tip.
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