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« on: September 09, 2006 02:13:43 PM »

so i'm working on some wedding dress prototypes and i'm stumped on how to close this one.  the pattern i based it off of is a vintage dress and they have the option of closing it with a couple buttons or with putting in a casing and draw string on the top hem and the waist and tieing it shut.  i've thought about putting a zipper in but as you'll see, i don't know how well that would suit the part on the skirt.
here's the front to give you an idea of the style... the front of the skirt overlay is going to be cut upward into a half circle... i just haven't gotten to that part yet.

and another thing to consider, the dress form is a 36" bust i believe, but i cut the dress to fit my 33" friend.  so it looks odd because i tried to see if i could pin it closed.  didn't work

i had thoughts of just putting a button or tie at the top and letting the back be open since a bust that size can get away with no bra.  but i think the slash goes too far down to keep it semi modest.....
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2006 02:16:43 PM »

What about some hidden or subtle hooks and eyes?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2006 02:18:05 PM »

I think you should just close it with a couple small white buttons, or some hooks n' eyes. Very nice dress!

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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2006 02:21:38 PM »

i'd thought about some hooks and eyes on the inside.  maybe if i closed off the top part with some small buttons and then closed up the skirt part with hooks and eyes, it would look right. thanks for the super quick replies folks!
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2006 03:11:18 PM »

or you could use a little placket/underlay on the skirt part, with a hidden snap in the middle of that to keep it closed. then whatever you wanted for the bodice.

that's what my pattern calls for on a ren dress i'm doing right now.
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2006 11:00:40 PM »

I was thinking the tie back but when I got a good look at the back I think it is far too deep a slit to do that.  What about a hidden zipper to the seam and small satin bridal buttons with loops for the small amount at the top. I also don't think that it cuts away enough to be pretty with the laces.  I really like the simplicity of the dress.
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2006 06:47:46 AM »

i ended up trying a couple small pearl buttons on the upper part of the bodice and then i'll put some snug hook and eyes along the inside of the skirt part.  if those don't work, it won't compromise the dress at all to pull them out and put in a hidden zipper.  wouldn't you know it though, i can't find where i hid those hooks and eyes!!!!!!
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2006 04:15:44 PM »

Gotta love how craft supplies always hide on you.  Wink

Let us know how it turns out!
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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2006 08:13:45 PM »

I'd do loops and shanks, myself, but thats all I can think about right now.
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2006 09:47:07 PM »

i'm hoping to try it on my model tomorrow.  i bought some hooks and eyes and put em on.  but until its hanging on carly, i won't know what i think.  the dress form is too big to close the hooks.  bad thing is, when i tacked the placket down along the slit, i tacked through the lining and onto the skirt overlay, so it sort of makes the folds emphasize the opening.  so now i think i should pull out the basting stitches and re'tack it so the fabric can sort of hang naturally and help draw the attention away from the opening. 
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