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moonlightrose91
« on: July 22, 2011 10:24:37 PM »

All righty then! I'm making a dress and am pretty capable of drafting my own patters(using the tried and true masking tape over then transfer to paper method) but the fabric I'm using is not very stretchy and, though I would love to use a simple tank top pattern, all of my tanks are stretchy, me being the full figured craftster that I am. I'm worried that if I do use that tank pattern, then my bodice will be too small. I have several dresses that don't have any stretch and fit like a dream that I can steal the pattern off of, but they all have those breast seams(or whatever the technical term is). I would rather the bodice be in one piece rather than in several, and I would love to save as much fabric as possible, but I don't have any extra for a mock up. Does anyone have any ideas as to what I can do or any advice with other clothing pieces I can use? Please help, and thanks for your time!
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2011 06:55:45 AM »

Something to consider - since the tank tops are stretchy, they shape to your body without any seams or darts in the front, but if you use a non-stretchy fabric you need those to fit the curves of your body (unless you want a loose top, or have a very small chest). If you want a non-stretchy bodice to be fitted you will need at least darts under your chest, or those seams that go over (called princess seams). I would suggest using a pattern or piece of clothing that has them.
Another thing you could do, if you want to keep the bodice cut as one piece (well two, front and back), is add rows of shirring (elastic) starting with one under your chest and more below it to pull the fabric in.
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moonlightrose91
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2011 07:20:25 PM »

Thanks! And yes, I do want it a bit loose and flow-y. I'll try that!
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2011 09:00:20 PM »

In that case, you may get away without extra seams, but you will still need it to be bigger than a stretchy tank top since it won't stretch over your chest or when you're putting it on. Maybe try looking around for a pattern for something similar to what you want, just to see the line drawings to get an idea of the shape (the tutorials around here might have something too).
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vivd2012
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011 10:24:32 PM »

Thanks! And yes, I do want it a bit loose and flow-y. I'll try that!

It might worth u a try.
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moonlightrose91
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2011 05:31:21 PM »

Again, thanks for the ideas! The material's a plain dark blue cotton, so it has a little stretch. Not much, but just a bit.
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