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Topic: Halterneck 50s style dress with shrug  (Read 20088 times)
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Mangetout
« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2006 08:43:51 AM »

You guys are so seriously helpful....I really can't say thank you enough  Smiley

Update!
I rang my mum (my doyenne of all things both sewing and curvy) and she suggested taking the skirt apart and converting it into an A-line.... to quote said doyenne - 'well of course it looks odd - a gathered skirt will make you look pregnant, love, with your tummy'  Roll Eyes

So the plan tonight is to unpick all my careful slipstitching  Cry

Disclaimer: No meat juice has been involved in the making of this dress....
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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2006 09:03:33 AM »

you are so funny. 
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« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2006 08:54:56 PM »

You just reminded me, I had to lose the gathered skirt and take it in also as I looked mega preggers in the dress the way it was on pattern (damn misleading drawing).

If I make it again i wouldnt do quite so much basting!
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Mangetout
« Reply #23 on: February 14, 2006 02:23:01 AM »

you are so funny.

Kiss Thank you! Grin

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You just reminded me, I had to lose the gathered skirt and take it in also as I looked mega preggers in the dress the way it was on pattern (damn misleading drawing).


It is a misleading drawing isn't it?!!
When I think of how long it took me to get the gathers right in the first place...  Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2006 12:38:16 AM »

If you'd like to make a little bit of pouf but not so much like a ballgown, I'd suggest just folding the tulle to make some gentle pleats. It'll (should) give you just enough oomph.
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« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2006 11:41:53 PM »

oh! oh!
I've just found this thread. I reallly hope you still plan to post pictures of the finished dress! : )
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« Reply #26 on: February 25, 2006 11:01:47 PM »

I hope this is not too late....but I just made a 50's style dress with a A-line bottom....try Simplicity 4581
it is really pretty on and nice for a curvy 50's look.
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« Reply #27 on: February 28, 2006 09:14:22 PM »

It has probably already been said, but I am going to throw my 2 cents in anyways.  If you do make a tulle skirt for underneath, don't attach all the tulle at only the waist band, because then, you will have HUGE poof at the waist and nothing at the bottom (unless you want that) the first tulle skirt that I made ended like that, and was horribly unflattering. thankfully i cut it up and make other stuff out of it.  Anyways, I'd say make a sort of slip type thing that you can attach tulle onto, adding more the further you get to the bottom, so that you get and even full flare.  Anyhoo, good luck with the dress. Over and out.
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Mangetout
« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2006 05:59:59 AM »

The dress...erm...didn't exactly go as planned Sad  It looked horrible, so i changed the skirt for the skirt out of another pattern, but ended up measuring wrong and so cut the skirt too small.  It made me look *awful*

I think, basically, I started too big when I should've started smaller...so I put it to one side and have been playing around making simpler things for a while.

I am determined that it won't beat me though!  So i do plan on picking it up again...but just maybe in a couple of months time once i've had more practice  Embarrassed  (and have bought some more fabric!!)

Thank you all for your great advice though, its much appreciated  Kiss
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« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2006 08:03:53 PM »

I just wanted you to know, Mangetout, that I am really glad you posted this even if your dress is going to be sidelined for a while. I just bought some fabric to make myself a similar dress and I've already learned a lot from reading this thread. Good luck on your sewing projects and thanks for starting this topic!!!
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