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« on: January 11, 2011 11:34:26 AM »

This dress from Modcloth makes me SO happy!  So simple, so elegant *sigh*  And I would dearly love to learn how to do the criss-cross bodice/strap construction.  I've tried a Google search but seem to be Google-impared perhaps it's my terminology; I just can't figure out what to call it.  Any advice on what this technique is actually called, patterns that use it or tutorials that teach it would be greatly appreciated!!
http://static2.modcloth.com/productshots/0062/1349/22137-1.jpg

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http://www.modcloth.com/store/ModCloth/Womens/Dresses/Second+Verse+Dress

Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2011 12:50:13 PM »

I can try to explain it or I can draft it, lol.  There is a seam in the front there and a bit of drapingness in the strap, I'm guessing a seam at the top of the shoulder since the draping in the shoulder strap doesn't go all the way to the back strap.

Do you have a pattern that you're going to be working from or are you drafting your own?
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2011 03:11:27 PM »

I've never tried to draft my own pattern before but I thought I could probably figure it out, the dress doesn't look too incredibly complicated.  Maybe just the skirt pieces, the bodice back and bodice front, I really can't see what else there would be. 

You mentioned a seam at the shoulder, would you expect there to be a piece for the front and then a separate piece for the back straps then?

I was thinking that Simplicity pattern #2886 looked similarly shaped, maybe use that as a starting point.
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2011 04:37:21 PM »

Yeah you could start with that the waist is a bit higher so if you were married to the idea of the original you'd need to lower that but you're basically going to trace the front and adjust to this on the new pattern. The strap for the back is just some adjusting from the current to make it wider to match the new bodice front.


Here is a great link for draping and such an excellent resource online :-) http://vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-01.html#drapery
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2011 06:07:41 PM »

Oh!  Thank you so much!  I think I actually understand that Grin

Hooray!  This might really get made!
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011 09:20:11 AM »

Happy to help, that's a really cute dress!
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