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Posted 2016-03-29 3:08 PM (#91089)
Subject: How do I design this dress?


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Location: Northern California
I have a semi formal event I would like to make this dress for and I am having some challenges in determining what settings work best. The key elements that I want from this dress are the big drapey pockets with the gathering of dress below, the drapyness but not to puffyness of the skirt and the gathers on the shoulder seam, the button front (I want to find some special buttons!) the empire waist with midriff.

I am not sure which skirt to start with. Flared classic seems like the folds would be focused on the sides not throughout including under the pockets. Circle would cause folds throughout but I am not able to do buttons and I don't want too much puffyness and fabric.

I also cannot figure out the gathers at the shoulder seam. Would adding a big dart but simply gathering it in the construction phase work?

As for the back the only design element I absolutely need is the skirt drapyness throughout. The yoke and back seam I can live with or without.

Also and I should maybe have asked this first, as a 52 year old I now have a classic puffy middle droopy stomach. I was thinking that the pockets and drapyness would camouflage all that and still be comfortable. Am I misguided in this belief?

I appreciate any guidance.

Alisa hoping to rock it at Adult Prom
(Adult Prom is the French Banquet we attend every year ;-) )


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