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mix3dchick101
« on: July 16, 2011 09:47:02 PM »

My grandma is supposed to be making my prom dress for me but I can't seem to find a pattern for a mermaid style dress anywhere. Can someone please help finding a pattern. PLEASE? It would be greatly appreciated. Here's some examples of what I'm hoping for:
http://www.promgirl.com/shop/dresses/viewitem-PD698679   
(I really don't want the ruffles but it was a good example of how long I wanted the top part to be in contrast to the drop-waist part)

http://www.promdressshop.com/Prom-Dress-Alyce-5368.aspx
good example because I don't want a train
 
http://www.promdressshop.com/Prom-Dress-Le-Gala-111569.aspx
pretty much a perfect example of what I want except I want an a-line (because I'm busty and I want rhinestone straps haha Smiley )

http://www.promdressshop.com/Prom-Dress-Bari-Jay-Shimmer-59224.aspx
that's the last example because I'm sure I'm getting way too specific  Tongue PLEASE help if possible.
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AFeinberg
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2011 10:17:41 PM »

Disclaimer: I've never looked closely at or tried on a mermaid dress, because I am sooooo not built for that. However, would a bandage dress pattern help you out at all? Those tend to be fairly easy to find, even for free, online, and I feel like slight alterations to that and perhaps even a "circle skirt" for the flowy part might be all you need?
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011 06:52:27 AM »

Here's a few which might work, possibly with slight modification:

http://www.simplicity.com/p-2157-misses-plus-size-special-occasion-dresses.aspx  (needs to be fitted more tightly)

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v2931-products-5478.php?page_id=858   (can be modified to eliminate train)

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8190-products-5438.php?page_id=943 
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2011 09:52:41 AM »

I haven't the slightest clue what a bandage dress is...I didn't even know what a mermaid dress was until my mom told me it'd be the perfect dress for my figure because it'd make my waist look smaller. I will have to look at a bandage dress to see what you're talking about, but I can see how a circle skirt would work for the bottom part, thanks for that idea because I never would've thought of that!  Grin

I've seen those patterns before and the problem with those is that I am extremely busty and I know that my grandma wouldn't make alterations to the pattern, she'd just follow it exactly and the last one is the style I want but the pleats in the dress would make me look fat...  Sad
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2011 11:14:18 AM »

Ok, sad thing is, there are almost no commercial patterns for ladies with large busts.  So unless you can get someone to alter the pattern for you, you're probably out of luck.   Sad

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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2011 08:59:31 PM »

I haven't the slightest clue what a bandage dress is...

I've seen those patterns before and the problem with those is that I am extremely busty and I know that my grandma wouldn't make alterations to the pattern, she'd just follow it exactly and the last one is the style I want but the pleats in the dress would make me look fat...  Sad

Bandage dress:
Google: http://www.google.com/search?q=bandage+dress&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1280&bih=619
Demi Lovato: http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2106955520/nm1416215 (Why did I know she wore a bandage dress at one point, I do not know. I just remembered reading about her in one. And this is not that dress, but it is a bandage dress)
Basically, the idea is that the dress is reasonably short, tight, and fitted. Snug.

And as for being busty, particularly if you are also hippy, go to your local David's Bridal or whatever and try on a couple of dress. Because personally, I'm busty and hippy and even though my waist is tiny, I can't pull off a mermaid dress at all. So since you mentioned not being really familiar with them, I am assuming you have yet to try one on, and I think you should. There's definitely a chance you won't like a mermaid look, and it would be a shame to find that out AFTER sewing your own! Go through and try on all the dresses to see what you like. Then go home and combine your favorites into a totally figure flattering creation!
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2011 05:34:39 PM »

Hmm...your best bet may be to build a pattern, then help your grandmother with it. I've made most of my dresses over the years, because none of the older women in my family sew, so I've had to learn mostly on my own. But talk to your grandmother about it; patterns are meant to be played with (worked over completely because you just ran out of the main fabric XD)
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