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« on: March 24, 2010 02:33:28 PM »

"Very easy" Slightly flared dress with fitted, lined bodice, empire waist, pleats, side seam pockets, and side zipper.
[http://butterick.mccall.com/filebin/images/product_images/Full/B5317.jpg

Found it to be a fairly easy pattern to follow. Really like the results. I'd never done a zipper right next to the pocket before so that was interesting to try. I did mine in a linen blend and really like how it hangs. My only tiny whine is that the sleeves make the neckline sit so far off my shoulders that sometimes my bra straps show - which, if you're bothering to wear a nice dress, is tacky in my book. Brainstorming how to prevent such...
I'm planning on wearing this to my graduation ceremony in June, yay!
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Back (I have my hands in the pockets which is pulling the fabric forward. It normally hangs straight like the front looks above)

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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2010 02:43:19 PM »

Oh, I like it!  I have this pattern and have been thinking about pulling it out.  I'll have to get on that.  I love that dresses these days have POCKETS.

As for the bra straps, what about some strap holders made out of snaps and ribbon or single chain crochet in a matching color?
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2010 02:47:28 PM »

cute!
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2010 02:47:50 PM »

Your dress looks so much better than the illustration! Makes me want to try it now.
At the risk of repeating what the previous poster said:
Could you sew a little loop with a popper on the inside of each shoulder to hold the bra straps in place? This works for me to hide my bra straps.
http://sewing.about.com/od/adultclothingprojects/a/brastraphlder.htm
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2010 03:03:58 PM »

I'd thought of doing as ya'll suggest and sewing in something to keep my straps in line but my mum seems to think I should just sew in bra cups to the lining so I'm stalling on doing anything until I absolutely know what I want to do with it... I really, really don't want to sew cups to my pretty lining!!
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2010 03:04:50 PM »

Depending on your bra cup size you could try wearing a Nu Bra. http://tinyurl.com/ydxtxqm
They are cups that lock in the front but are backless and stick to you boo boo's giving you support. They sell them at fine department stores. You could also
try a tube bra but then you tend to loose the great sexy shape of you boo's and they become one uni-boo. They also have the flower petal pasty bras which
are disposable and not reusable like the Nu Bra. If you choose the flower pasty bra it's good to remove slowly and use lotion as not to pull at the tender skin.

Good luck! Love the dress. Wonderful job. It also might look nice with a Pashmina Shawl.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2010 03:14:13 PM »

yeah either strap holders like the girls said, or go strapless. Cute dress!
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2010 03:34:09 PM »

My only tiny whine is that the sleeves make the neckline sit so far off my shoulders that sometimes my bra straps show - which, if you're bothering to wear a nice dress, is tacky in my book. Brainstorming how to prevent such...

So pretty!

Google "lingerie straps"
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2010 03:56:45 PM »

Wow, this looks amazing!
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2010 04:37:32 PM »

lovely job!  looks elegant and perfect for the occasion!

the neckline is very flattering--I also suggest ribbon or crochet loops in the shoulder seams for all nice dresses...it is a great professional detail and should hold your straps where you want them

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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2010 08:13:07 PM »

You did a great job. And it's so flattering, looks great.

I just picked up this pattern a few weeks ago. It's nice to hear that it's easy.
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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2010 07:38:21 PM »

Very, very flattering. I like it!
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« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2010 06:58:38 PM »

I've had this one sitting in my to do pile for a couple of months. Glad to see how nice it looks all made up!
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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2012 06:45:53 AM »

When i get wide-neck collar dresses, I normally get baby snaps and sew a little strap in the shoulder (tacked down on one side, snap on the other).  That way regardless of what bra you wear, you can temporarily attach the bra straps to the inside shoulders the dress - they won't slip, the teensy little strip of fabric won't give you bunchy shoulders, and you won't have to fuss with safety pins and the like.

Only trouble is til you're used to having them there, you might forget the first few times when you're getting undressed - accidentally tore a hole in one of my favorite dresses that way because I didn't tack the snap into multiple layers of seam fabric for durability like I should have.

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