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Topic: My recreation of a bodice into a formal gown begins.. i need your advice!  (Read 586 times)
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« on: February 14, 2010 05:14:26 PM »

Ok so i went ahead and unpicked this boned bodice which no longer fitted me.
I removed the ruching (eww) and put in extra side panels to make it fit better.

So i am now looking at re covering it to make it a bodice as part of a cocktail/formal length gown.

Can i have some advice?

I want to do the bodice empire like this:

with a panel under the bust with this vintage fabric i have.
Should i cut the bodice gathering and do the skirt part seperately?

do you think the back of the bodice should be flush? or gathered also?

Of course the bodice will be fine , but the skirt will be see through in the wrong light. would a basic lining be ok underneath? how do you cut the lnining on a full draped skirt like this?

Would it look better to have something over the shoulder?

it is all just draped atm and pinned lol

thanks in advance!. this ismy first ever attempt at a womens dress so it is all hit and miss for me!



« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010 07:20:43 PM »

What you have draped looks good.  If you need a lining, you could make it the same as your over layer.  If that is too heavy or doesn't look right to you, try making a simple straight skirt/dress for the lining instead. 
As far as the back, it really depends on what you want the final dress to look like.  You've got a good foundation to work from, and if it looks better to have a smooth back rather than a gathered one, then go for it.  Maybe you could try draping it both ways to see what looks better.  The good part about it is that everything is really up to you!  Good luck!

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