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« on: July 25, 2010 06:13:29 AM »

Okay so I recently found a dress at Le Chateau that I am in LOVE with...but entirely can't afford. Stupid school...

Anyways I was hoping to make it, or at least something similar, and was hoping that someone could give me some guidance or suggestions? Mostly I'm wondering what kind of fabric would be easiest and still formal, how best to go about the ruching, and how to do the neckline...any help would be SO appreciated!!

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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2010 05:04:37 PM »

The fabric is panne velvet, which is a knit, formal, and pretty easy to work with. This is probably draped over a fitted woven underdress.

Panne velvet has a nap, which means it changes shade slightly as the light hits it. MAKE SURE that you cut all the pieces with the nap running the same way.

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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010 09:23:43 AM »

If you look at the close up on the website, it actually looks more like a satin than a velvet.  Crepe back satin isn't a joy to work with, but if you go slowly and pin a lot, it's not bad at all.  I agree, though, that you should drape the whole thing over a fitted woven lining.

You could start with a pattern for a fitted tank dress.  You want to slash and spread the neckline like you would for a cowl neck, more or less, and add length uniformly.  I'd double the length of the original pattern, so that you have plenty of leeway for your ruching and pleats.  I'd go for a darted tank dress (rather than princess seams or other shaping) and just omit the darts in the fashion fabric, because your shaping will come from picking up the fabric.  Definitely, definitely do a mock-up, and mark it up to use as your final pattern.  If you don't have a dress form, check out the duct tape tutorials.  It'll be your best friend, rather than trying to do this flat.

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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010 03:47:05 PM »

thanks so much guys! I'm gonna head out this week and see if i can find a fabric I am happy with...if so I'm gonna tackle this thing!
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