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« on: February 08, 2011 12:52:26 AM »

I am looking for a dress kind of like this, but the skirt starts at the hip instead of the waist... anyone know of any patterns?

ttp://www.fashionfuss.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/victorias-secret-sweetheart-dress-1.jpg

http://cdn.thegloss.com/files/2009/05/calvin-klein-strapless-dress.jpg

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No belt or embellishments in the middle, and if the skirt is longer, that is not a problem. Strapless and sweetheart neck preferred. Thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2011 07:16:46 AM »

I have two suggestions.  First, you can look at thrift shops for patterns from the 80's.  You'll probably be able to find a formalwear pattern that has the shape you want.

Second, do you know how to alter patterns?  You've posted a couple of different styles, but the second one looks like a princess seamed bodice (even if it has a horizontal seam at the bust, which I can't tell).  If you start with a princess seamed dress, either one that ends at the waist, or (better!) which extends all the way down with no waist seam, you can either move or create your own waist seam.  For instance, take this pattern: http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5881-products-10118.php?page_id=108 (which has darts, not princess seams, but they'll function the same way at the length you want it) and just cut a waist seam at whatever length you want, and add your own skirt that you either draft or canibalize from another pattern.  http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v7848-products-26.php?page_id=857  This one doesn't have a horizontal seam, you'd just cut your own waist seam.

Otherwise, this may help: http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1227-products-13645.php?page_id=857
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011 08:13:15 AM »

I wonder--since you're having trouble finding patterns that start at the hip instead of the waist--whether my daughter's experience with strapless dresses might be the cause? She has found that unless there's a pretty tight waist, she spends all her time pulling and tugging on the top to keep everything covered. The tight waist seems to act as a "shelf" that holds the dress up, if that makes sense. The McCall's pattern Aislynn posted is fitted through the waist (no skirt), so you could probably let it snug your curves and THEN add a skirt (to the red view?) at whatever level suited you. Again, though, that's altering a pattern. That's easier than starting from scratch in some cases, to me.

Good luck! We wanna see pictures!
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2011 09:24:34 PM »

I posted a few different styles, because I am more concerned with the silhouette. Fitted bodice, flared skirt.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2011 06:45:35 AM »

I know i have an out of print simplicity pattern from 6 years ago that has a dropped waist and full skirt, but I don't see anything like it right now. 
This pattern has a longer bodice that you could attach a full skirt to.
This pattern has a similar sillhouette to what you are going for I think, even though it is one piece.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2011 09:56:43 PM »

I know i have an out of print simplicity pattern from 6 years ago that has a dropped waist and full skirt, but I don't see anything like it right now. 
This pattern has a longer bodice that you could attach a full skirt to.
This pattern has a similar sillhouette to what you are going for I think, even though it is one piece.

Thanks a bunch!
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2011 07:44:28 AM »

If you want a tutorial instead of a pattern, try looking in the List of DRESS Tutorials on Craftster.
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