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« on: June 30, 2010 04:40:57 AM »


I have always been in love with the old Halston Grecian dresses, but like so many of us I don't have the money for one.

I love this style

but I like it a bit longer, this was what I was thinking

(VERY quick drawing, I usually do better)

So my question is, how do I pattern it? Mainly the long side, I don't really want to go half nekkid! Would it be doing two layers? Should I sew the side beneath the arm hole?  Undecided

Please advise!!!

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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2010 04:46:10 AM »

Could you do a longer layer of solid fabric and perhaps a shorter layer of draped fabric so you would have the same effect but your arm would be free and you would be covered?  I think this would be gorgeous layered.
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2010 06:06:24 AM »

does this help? http://www.fabsugar.com/Trend-Alert-Floor-Grazing-Dresses-995049
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2010 06:13:47 AM »

Thank goldy! I love that one, but I feel the long 'sleeve' is more dramatic. I think I will go with layers

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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2010 06:21:41 AM »

Well, I see two things that you could do.  First, easiest, would be to make a lining that's a simple, strapless sheath that goes under your dress.  Second, if you make it more full, like your inspiration pic (not necessarily that full, and the side with the bare shoulder wouldn't need to be full at all) you can sew the two layers together, front to back, starting a few inches beneath your arm, and continuing down to lower/mid-thigh (or as low as you want, for modesty).  Along these lines, but only on one side:  http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6125-products-11139.php?page_id=483  or this:  http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6079-products-10890.php?page_id=483  (the seam lines in view A, but adapted to your silhouette).

OR, you could do something like this, where it's actually a separate sleeve, just a very drapey one:  http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6118-products-11132.php?page_id=483

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