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« on: May 30, 2009 05:01:58 PM »

I'm about to start this pattern, vintage vogue V2961, as seen here, http://img.sewingtoday.com/cat/20000/itm_img/V2961.jpg , I'm doing view A which is the halter style.

I'm a 40DD, so the buttons scare me as far as I'm afraid of them pulling open on a fitted item like this, so my plan is to make the front look like in the picture but nonfunctioning, but put a zipper in instead.  That leaves the side or the back, the back piece is to be cut on the fold but I could cut it out as 2 pieces, that's not set in stone, kwim.  Here is my issue, it's the halter strap, if it's cut on one side, to open for a zipper on the side, where it's less visible, would it lose any integrety for holding up the top OR should I just put it in the back and cut the strap in half like most halter tops are done???

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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009 08:55:51 PM »

That is so cute!  I have a question... why not put the zipper under the button panel? Like a fly front, or something similar?
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2009 09:08:35 PM »

I did think about that, but the bodice is lined, with boning.  I'm thinking tho that it might be an unsightly bumpyness right there, kwim. 
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2009 04:03:52 AM »

I was thinking the same, put a zipper under the button line.
I guess a zipper along the centre back would be the easiest solution.  But if you do it on the side, what is the problem with the strap?  It doesn't look like it's attached over the side seam, is it?  You needn't touch it then.  Or is it surrounding the whole sides and back?
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2009 08:07:51 AM »

It surrounds the back and sides, so I would have to cut it at a seam to put the zipper in, so that I can get it on and off.
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2009 11:35:16 AM »

In that case, if the strap surrounds the whole thing, you'd have to cut it one way or another, side or back, right?  I'd just do side, then, so it'd be less obvious.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2009 12:22:28 PM »

I'd say a zipper in the front.  Make a false placket with the buttons- maybe have them actually button OVER the zipper to hide it. 

Otherwise an invisible zipper on the side would be the least obtrusive. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2009 07:58:56 AM »

So after tracing out my pattern pieces and cutting it out, I went with a back zipper.  The bodice is a fussy piece, with 4 pieces of boning to it.  It's very fitted, I'm glad I decided to close up the front  Cheesy  It now has an almost corset like appearance, the kind that tie in the back only, kwim.  Hmmmmmm, an idea for the next time!!!!   I'm so going to try that next time I do this dress! 

After my coffee purkalates in my veins for a bit, I will be attacking the skirt part of the dress.  I'm thinking I should be able to post a finished picture by tomorrow.
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