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« on: August 10, 2009 06:42:39 PM »

Hi I'm new to this site.So this is my first post. Anywho...

I'm making a prom dress for my senior prom because 1). There aren't many Dresses for big girls. 2). they are never original. 3). they are usually ridiculously expensive. And I've always wanted to make one. So enough of my rambling...I need help. The dress i am making is really flowey (that's not a word) and I like that but my curves get lost in the fabric.So I made a temporary slip to go over it but i want to know if there is anyway to make it tighter around my torso (like a corset) but not where it cuts off at my hips because they are huge and will ruin the whole flow of the dress. I would like to do a lace up back, but I'm not exactly sure how to do it.Should i make a lace up back? Here are some pictures to show you. Some are with the slip and some are without. Just so you know, the purple plaid isn't the actual fabric or color that i will be using for my bust area, so don't worry about that. so any suggestions. what should i do. All tips will be very useful to me. thanks!  

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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009 02:07:47 AM »

I've always liked that bust style Cheesy Your fabrics are way cool, too!

As for advice, take off the awesome pink flowy stuff and make a bodice out of more of that pink fabric (but lined, or at least underlined for some structure) that goes from your underbust to your waist so that you can define the fact that you HAVE a waist, right? Use a pattern with a darted or princess seamed bodice, except cut out the part where your cool bust thingie already is (except seam allowances to attach it to your bust thingie). And then attach the flowy part to that. I don't know if it'll actually end up looking right on your figure, but that's what popped into my head. If you use a really long stitch it's easier to take apart if it doesn't work.

I hope that made sense, I'm slightly tipsy from wine at the moment Tongue

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2009 03:41:57 PM »

Here's a free pattern you might be able to modify to make the bodice:  http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/afternoon-tea-top

Anyway, it might be a place to start!

If you're worried about your hips being too featured if the bodice comes down to the hips or waist, you can end it at your upper waist - this will help the fabric flow out over your hips rather than highlighting them. 


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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2009 01:52:13 PM »

that's funny because i've printed the pattern and everything! i actually made a practice one today and i loved it! thanks for the advice!
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2009 04:03:11 PM »

I've been looking for a top like the Tea top to recreate a vintage swimsuit!  Awsome find thanks! Cool

« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009 10:39:43 PM »

How about this style?

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