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Topic: Free Size/halter chiffon dress help  (Read 911 times)
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« on: January 16, 2013 10:24:52 AM »

I looking for any help with the dress shown below.  Does anyone know what this dress is called and where to get a pattern or how to make one?  They look fairly simple.  And how to you get the edge of the chiffon to ripple like that?  Thanks for your help!
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2013 06:37:55 PM »

That dress looks like it's made of 4 big wedge-shaped pieces of fabric.  Seam together two points for each shoulder, then figure out how high to make neckline and armholes.

It looks like the hem ruffles because it's on the bias and was stretched while stitching. 

Or maybe it has some kind of stiffener in it.  Back in the '70s, you could purchase ruffles stiffened with something like thick fishing line.

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013 09:29:02 AM »

I don't know about a free size pattern, but Vogue 1235 has a similar bodice and belt.

But, the skirt from V1235 won't ruffle like that UNLESS the grain line is reoriented to bias. The bias is an imaginary line drawn at a 45 degree angle, diagonally across the fabric. Woven fabrics will stretch a bit when pulled diagonally, along the bias. The ruffle comes from stretching a bias cut hem as it's sewn. For a lot of fluffy ruffle, sew fishing line into the hem. For a more subtle ruffle, just stretch the hem while sewing. Either way, it helps to stretch and steam press the hem before actually sewing.
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