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« on: July 14, 2008 02:38:10 PM »

so i have tried to make three different dresses now, and i have concluded that i am dress-retarded.

for one i used a pattern, and one i was following a tutorial on here and the third i made myself from scratch.

they look fine and everything goes perfectly until i need to sew the bodice piece to the skirt piece. (and attach the zipper in the back)

it seems that no matter how many times i measure the waist, the two pieces that need to fit together end up being different circumferences and i can't attach them because one piece (usually the bodice waist circumference) is bigger around than the other and i get a weird gapping section when i pin it or sew it together and i can't ever get the two pieces to line up.....


i'd really love to make dresses! but for some reason this keeps happening!

can someone help!? I am at a loss....

and very sad. Cry
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2008 10:51:33 AM »

I've just made  couple of dresses, and that joining is the hardest part for me too. If you can get your hands on a dressform or model (I made a dressform out of duct tape for cheapsies), pin them together and make darts where the gaps happen. If worst comes to worst and you're in love with the two pieces, what about a wide belt or sash across the middle?

http://www.denverfabrics.com/pages/sewinginfo/simplicity-sewing-hints/sewing-darts.htm (for darts advice)

Hope this helps Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2008 11:58:02 AM »

thanks for replying! that helps, somewhat, but i guess i already knew that i needed a dress form (or at least that it would help significantly) but i don't have the money for one.

duct tape dress form you say?
i must know how to do this....!


anyway, as far as a belt goes, one of the attaching-top-to-bottom-mistakes severely messed up the zipper all the way down the back too, so i'm not sure that will help because the zipper in the back now looks like this:

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haha. funny illustration, but do you know what i mean?
it's unfixable really unless i take the whole thing apart, which i'm not sure i care to do.


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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2008 03:49:41 AM »

i'll tell you how i would do it in your position

okay for starters, this is like your first time i'm guessing so you haven't had much experience
so as the saying goes practice makes perfect!!! trust me

and it's great you're using a pattern, makes sure you read everything and carefully and that you have the sizes all right, and often patterns don't always match up to what they say sometimes due to errors or the fabric you are using or the seam allowance you (i know for me i always tend to make the seam allowance to small even if i try to get it the amount they say), a pain, eh?

so more directly, here's what you do:

firstly choose a pattern or design that doesn't have much going on at the back. either having say the pleats or gathers or decorations at the front or omit them altogether. also have a symmetric design. if you are not using a pattern you should make skirt and probably not the bodice slightly wider (i'll get to this in a second)
second, after making both the bodice and the skirt part, fold the skirt in half matching the pleats if you have them so that everything lines up exactly, if you want you can pin the to sides together (and i know this doesn't sound exactly right now but you wait a sec). do the same to the bodice (which should be easier).
third: lie on a flat surface like a table or the floor with the bodice on the top and the skirt on the bottom. make sure that when you do this that the centres meet.
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       ---------   (make sure this side, the centre meets)
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 /                |
/                 |

so this is the part when you can hopefully get rid of the excess. when you look at the left side you will see if there is a bit off the edge and not matching both the bodice and the skirt. if there is you can cut off a bit parallel to the left side of the skirt carefully (remember measure twice, cut once). hopefully by doing this the bodice and the skirt will be the same width. then you can do the remaining things (stitch and put in zip). also you can do instead just stitch the bodice to the skirt and you were going to do with measuring the seam allowance starting on the shorter width piece and cutting off the extra bits or using an overlocker to seal and trim, then apply a zip.

i hope that works out
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2008 06:42:54 AM »

wow! thank you so much!

that helped a lot actually. i think i understand what i did wrong, and i think also that it makes more sense to seal everything up first and then once it's all done, just rip the seam a bit to add the zipper. i never thought of that! i always try to put it in hte middle step, which makes it line up incorrectly every time. Smiley

again thank you! i appreciate you taking the time to explain this to me!
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