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« on: April 08, 2013 03:13:26 PM »

SO here's my idea. I have the gorgeous floral fabric, its like a silk crinkle charmeuse with zero stretch. And I want to make a dress. I cannot find a pattern I like enough but anyway here's the elements I want it to have:

a shirred empire panel connecting the bodice to the skirt. a skirt that is really really full and reaches just past my knees, and fluttery short sleeves.

I am deciding between whether or not to put an invisible zipper in the back, but I really want it to button all the way down the front of the dress with these beautiful covered shank buttons that match the fabric perfectly

The fabric is thin and sheer (I'm making a slip to wear under too) so I don't want to use interfacing if I don't have to, because it will stiffen the fabric too much. So I'm thinking I can just self face the entire button placket. I think the neckline will just be a regular scoop neck.

So my question is, would it be feasible to cut the skirt as multiple triangular panels (similar to gores) and then shirr the top of them, then just connect them to my bodice? Also, how much should I estimate for shirring? I have a limited amount of fabric (4 yards, but I'm plus sized) and I would like to be able to calculate how much fabric I'll need to shirr. I want the strip to be 4" wide. SO if my midriff measurement is X would I just multiply that by 2 or should I do 3?
I'm using elastic thread as my shirring device.

OR should I cut the strip, shirr it, then cut the skirt and attach that via gathering, and then attach the bodice?

Thanks for any input Smiley
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013 02:15:12 PM »

I rarely make mock ups because making a garment is expensive and time consuming enough, making a mock up, even a partial, just adds to the time and expense.

But, that's what I'd recommend here because you have a limited amount of fabric, shirring or ruching or gathering makes it trickier to determine how much fabric is needed. You can experiment with the mock up to get the right amount of fullness while still staying within your fabric quantity limits.

Interfacing the front opening of a garment adds strength to support buttons and buttonholes and prevents the fabric from collapsing along the front.

If your design includes a lot of ease and there is little or no stress on the buttons, it might work for a while, but your garment won't last.
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013 02:17:45 PM »

Another idea is to make the buttons strictly decorative, and use a back zipper or a zipper hidden under one arm to get the garment on and off. A self facing should be strong enough to support lightweight decorative buttons.
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