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« on: August 01, 2008 10:10:23 AM »

2 recent:
Top with v-neck (my first time figuring how to), plain black jersey that is so comfy with slightly gathered sleeves


Plaid dress reconned from a very plain sheath dress I made in HS - cut off the sleeveless top part and added a facing. (I was surprised it fit but then I've only increased by 5pounds, 3" taller, and slightly bigger cup size - still added darts to make it look just right)

- Any thoughts on how to keep it from smooshing the top of the boobs and looking just silly? I've added extra darts in under the arms for more width and it fits well enough to stay up but sometimes looks silly... I don't normally wear this sort of top/dress so can't help but wonder how to cope with it??
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2008 05:25:22 PM »

that shirt looks so comfy!!! definitely something i would wear...
the dress is very cute as well! as for the fit, i dont know what to suggest. maybe if you cut a tiny notch in the center? i am lower than a beginner at this point, so i don't know how idea-worthy i am, but i would cut a notch, give it a nice front/side slit and edge it in a black lace. kind of like a naughty schoolgirl in a tube dress!!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2008 05:56:12 PM »

Amazing job on both! I really love the dress!!! As for the issues you are having with how it fits, it seems fine to me. It doesn't look like it smooshes your boobs up too much! I think that since it is strapless, it is supposed to fit snugly up there to keep it from falling down.
Good show on both pieces! Wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2008 10:01:29 PM »

Both the shirt and dress are really cute, the shirt looks really nice. The dress fits pretty much how it's supposed to, I always have to add padding for strapless things to stay up  Roll Eyes so I'm jelous lol. The boyfriend says the dress doesn't smoosh your boobs too much, if it helps to have more opinions. Good job!
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2008 10:40:08 PM »

I love them both :-)
whenever I see such a nice jersey shirt I tell myself I must find a way to wrok with Jersey... did U use a serger?
the dress is also pretty, very preety. I don't see the silly look you talk of, but I think I know what you mean - cause whenever I had something like that to wear I had that look. no advise there..
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2008 01:10:38 PM »

For the jersey - no, I didn't use a serger but have had a lot of success in the past using a zigzag stitch on the bottom for the hem. This time I just made sure to only slightly strech and used a widish stitch (normally when sewing I use a 2 on my machine and here I think I used a 2.5 or 3 - who knows if it really made a difference?) It really just takes practice if you're on a normal machine. My first couple taught me a lot and I've been learning ever since.\

For the strapless dress, thank you for the opinions and advice! That pic doesn't show the smooshedness as much as it does in real life or maybe from a side view (For once the pics look better than real Wink ) I'm planning on just wearing a little jacket with it until I come to terms with/accept the smooshing.
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