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« on: December 21, 2008 11:56:06 AM »

Ohhhh PMS. And prom dresses. Both horrible things.

I've been to prom the last four years and my grandparents haven't gotten to see my dresses yet. I'm trying really hard to get my dress finished by January 5th when they leave for Florida.

So... it's my first time making my own pattern. Can anyone offer help with my mock up?Huh

The actual dress is black, this fabric is just left over from last year's dress. The bra cups are where the gathered, overlapping chest pieces will go. Does anyone have a better idea on how to do them? It's not working out well for me!

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Where I need the most help!
Sorry about the back bra shot! I had to leave it on to pin the straps to, otherwise they don't stay flat. How do I make them do that on their own???

The fabric for the actual dress (though the part you see in the pictures will just be black satin)

Thanks so much!!

Happy holidays!

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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2008 03:37:41 PM »

Smarmyclothes has a tutorial for an easy gathered bust inset:  http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/cbust.htm

Does that help at all?   Huh

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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2008 10:28:10 PM »

For the straps laying flat, maybe some sort of interfacing? Barring that, maybe Hollywood tape will be your best friend. I love the design so far! Good luck getting your answers.

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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2008 04:43:34 AM »

Ah! I used interfacing. Maybe I need a heavier kind? I don't trust hollywood tape holding up through pictures and dancing but I'll probably end up doing that.

The gathered bust tutorial is helpful but not exactly what I had in mind. I'll definitely keep it on file!


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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2008 01:59:21 PM »

First thing - that is a great looking dress and wonderful for you creating your own design.

I don't think any amount of interfacing is going to help the back straps lay flat simply because of the shape of them. Someone else linked to this dress that looks similar to your idea. Maybe you could change your back - or maybe it will help you come up with something clever. I think you are going to have to connect the straps someway.
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2008 02:40:44 PM »

For the back straps, I'll suggest two options: use flesh colored elastic, which is what you see on dance costumes and so on. Or, get something pretty to connect them: a string of rhinestones or beads, ribbon, etc.

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