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« on: June 10, 2009 08:40:45 PM »

Lovely crafters,

my attempts to copy this dress myself have been disastrous and wasted some of my favorite fabric. I've searched the pattern books and haven't found anything just right.

http://www.builtbywendy.com/onlineshop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=17350&category_id=337

Can any of you tell what the pattern pieces might look like and sketch me a Paint picture? or recommend a similar pattern you've seen? I don't think I can survive the summer without this dress.

Thanks so much!

Shannon
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009 09:13:10 PM »

There's a vintage Butterick 5896 from the 70's, I think .  Also McCalls 7580. If you go to http://www.sewingpatterns.com/ you can search lots of companies.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2009 03:58:07 AM »

That is a cute dress. It looks simple enough, unless I'm really missing something. To start with, the little cap sleeves are shaped something like this:

fairly standard

and the bodice, something like this doodle:

It seems pretty loose fitting in the picture, but there is a distinct bust dart. Maybe not in the 'exact' spot that I drew it Tongue
When you're doing the front scoop neck, you can draw it out on a piece of scrap fabric first, draped on yourself. Then transfer that line to your pattern.

I'm pretty sure the skirt is rectangular, but it's a bit hard to tell.  

the back would basically be a rectangle in the same shape, except without the 'pocket dents.'

The pockets are in seam pockets, with the seam curving down in the front. Here's a tute from bruda style: http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/170

And of course, make a mock-up! That way you can safely test out your pattern before using it on fabric.
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2009 06:57:26 AM »

A thousand blessings on your dear head!  An experienced sewer knows the little details of pattern shapes that I don't catch--this will be an education for me, thank you!

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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2009 09:05:22 AM »

The skirt looks to be a smidge of an a line (if you look at the stripe pattern, it doesn't line up pretty the further down the skirt you get. So basically just give that rectangle a smidge of an angle!
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2009 10:51:45 PM »

The skirt looks to be a smidge of an a line (if you look at the stripe pattern, it doesn't line up pretty the further down the skirt you get. So basically just give that rectangle a smidge of an angle!

Yeah, I think you may be right Smiley

myloveasdeep, remember to curve the bottom of your rectangle when you angle it outwards, like this:


otherwise, it will fall into a point at the hemline along both side seams.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2009 06:20:48 AM »

That was one of the problems I had the first time! The odd way the skirt hung, the sleeves being far too tight, and strange lumps and bumps because of my amateurish darts. Thank you! Knitting is multiplication and trigonometry and sewing is geometry, apparently. Whatever made the ancients believe girls were no good at math?
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