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« on: April 13, 2006 09:23:16 PM »

So I bought this dress for easter and it came in the mail today. I absolutely love it and it pretty much fits everywhere, except for the chest. Now this wouldn't normally be a problem, I would take up the sides a bit and all would be well. But this dress has some gathers in the chest area that lay all weird like and make me have pointy boobs. Sorry for the TMI, but I seriously need some help here. Anyone have a clue what I could do to solve this? I wasn't aware of the gathers when I bought it. I really want to fix this by Sunday any help would be appreciated! Thanks!!!
Here is the link to the store it has a flash picture that you can zoom in on the spot in question.. http://www.torrid.com/store/product.asp?LS=0&M=616540167&SKU=516870-005-2610-0000

Here are some pics I took

The outside and inside are the same gathers and then sewed together with wrong sides facing. This is what I am worried about getting in the way of trying to fix it.

« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2006 05:42:43 AM »

Can you take a picture of yourself wearing it?  I think that may help me see what's going on.

On a side note - this is a very cute dress.

« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2006 08:05:19 AM »

I would sew in the sides like you normally do then move the front straps over towards the gathers more.  I think that would work!  Wink
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2006 11:37:45 AM »

I can't really tell what's going on, but is removing the gathers an option at all?
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2006 08:55:58 PM »

wow i love the fabric and the cut of the dress!! i hope you find a way to fix it


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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2006 08:51:48 AM »

Thanks for the comments. Sorry my pics weren't all that helpful. Here are some better ones.

it looks ok from the front

But from the side, weird pokey boobs.
The way the dress is sewn together makes it virtually impossible to do anything to the gathered seams in the front without taking apart the whole top of the thing. I'm sure taking the sides up a bit will help some, but I am just too flat to fill out the chest. Oh the joys of being two sizes smaller on top than I am on bottom. 
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2006 09:13:12 AM »

You could also try putting a dart in the middle of the bust, where it dips in or do a little vertical rouching gather.  That may help.
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2006 11:01:46 AM »

thanks athenaknits, that might just work. I took up the sides earlier this morning and it seemed to help for the most part. I'll try that next if it continues to drive me crazy.  Wink
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2006 08:27:14 PM »

Thank you all so much for the ideas! I took in the sides and ironed the heck out of the gathers to make them lay flat, I still need to move the straps in a little, but it fits way better now, here is the finished product.

sorry the pic is a little blurry , but you get the idea Wink
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