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« on: January 25, 2010 11:49:50 PM »

Hello ladies!

I've just started a dance class, and realized that I have very little to wear. We're expected to dress nicely, like you would at a club, and I really don't have anything that fits that description that I'd feel comfortable wearing in front of my classmates. (I don't think that my standard club attire will quite fly in this class. xD ) I'd like some recommendations for patterns for dresses and/or tops and skirts that I can move in.

Features I'd like, but are by no means required:
* Sleeves
* Mid-Knee or shorter length
* Knit Fabric
*Quick to put together
* Some kind of waist definition (Empire is fine, but A-line dresses are not)
* Pretty! No matronly frocks, please.

Inspiration! Vogue 1160 has the look and shape that I'm going for, but unfortunatley, I haven't got time to put all the tiny details together. It's really cute, though, so I might make it over spring break. xD

I already have circle and dirndl skirts down pat, so I don't need patterns for simple designs like those.

I'm a (fake) hourglass, since I'm a pear with broad shoulders and a defined waist, so I'd like to show that off when possible.

Thank you! :3
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2010 04:55:19 AM »

Simplicity has some really pretty day to evening patterns (with options that suit either less formal or more formal settings) that I love.




There are a couple of other knit options, but they don't have sleeves.

Or like these:



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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2010 08:12:38 AM »

Those are great! Thanks!

I love the first two Simplicity patterns, and the mix-and-match McCall's one, so that should definitley get me at least 3 or 4 dresses.  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2010 07:35:44 PM »

have you tried the infinity dress?  I've made a couple, and they are comfortable.  I wear a cami under mine, since I like a little more coverage in certain areas.  Check it out, it might be something worthwhile for you.  Good luck!

« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2010 07:45:05 PM »

I've thought about making one, but I don't think that the wrapped bodice would be all that flattering on me. I *can't* go braless, and the stretchy knit would show every little bulge, including the bra. I need a little more structure than that, honestly.

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