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Welmoed
Posted 2018-06-03 9:16 PM (#92584)
Subject: Copying a Dress - Reading the Seams



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A few weeks ago I was at Union Station in Washington DC and tried on a dress in one of the stores. I loved the lines of the dress: exposed serged seams, intriguing fabrics, and a nice silhouette. However, I didn't like the $260 price tag, plus it was a little bit too short, and the sleeveless style wasn't quite right. But of course I took pictures, then fired up my trusty V6 to copy it.

The dress is sort of a yoked style: from the shoulders to the top of the bust, it's just a sheer stretchy fabric. Below that, it's the same sheer fabric, but with a black knit underdress. The overdress was gored, and each seam had an inset godet. No wonder I liked it; this is a favorite style of mine.

I drafted a shoulder princess sheath and took it into PE to create the additional gore by splitting the front and back side panels in two. I used the same settings to create the underdress by using the sundress draft. The outer dress has exposed 3-thread rolled seams with black thread. Since it's a knit, I didn't bother hemming the skirt or sleeves. The neckline is finished with a self-fabric band, double fold bias, topstitched in place. No closure; since it's a knit, it just goes over my head.

I wore the dress this weekend to my 40th high school reunion and got a lot of compliments on it. I'm looking forward to wearing it again; it's very comfortable.



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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2018-06-04 8:50 AM (#92585 - in reply to #92584)
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I think your version is much prettier. Very nice.
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Susan Palmer
Posted 2018-06-04 12:44 PM (#92587 - in reply to #92584)
Subject: RE: Copying a Dress - Reading the Seams


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I agree with Karen!
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vickys
Posted 2018-06-04 4:09 PM (#92588 - in reply to #92584)
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The fabric you chose is much prettier and the style selections you decided upon absolutely make your dress- by far- better than the ready to wear dress.
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cfonfold
Posted 2018-06-04 4:12 PM (#92589 - in reply to #92584)
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Dear me! Forget the original! Your version is so much more elegant and flattering! Great job Welmoed.
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P.S. Beautiful, beautiful fabric
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EasilyAmewsed
Posted 2018-06-04 4:16 PM (#92590 - in reply to #92584)
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I should go snoop shopping. This looks so cool. : )
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Laini
Posted 2018-06-05 2:44 AM (#92592 - in reply to #92584)
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That looks fab, I prefer it to the original too!
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margie2
Posted 2018-06-06 12:11 AM (#92595 - in reply to #92584)
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Well done, Welmoed!
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Welmoed
Posted 2018-06-06 9:52 AM (#92596 - in reply to #92584)
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Thank you all for the kind comments!
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maryann
Posted 2018-06-09 2:23 PM (#92597 - in reply to #92596)
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Couldn't agree more with the others -- much prettier than the original and much more flattering.  Question: Is the underslip a separate garment or attached to the over layer and sewn as one?  Curious about construction details.

 Maryann

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ambro0
Posted 2018-06-09 6:24 PM (#92598 - in reply to #92584)
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Welmoed,

 I just love your version of the dress and as others have said, your fabric selection is perfect and OH so flattering!!  Definitely worth all your pattern work in PE.

 

 

 



Edited by ambro0 2018-06-09 6:25 PM
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Welmoed
Posted 2018-06-10 12:08 PM (#92601 - in reply to #92597)
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The underdress is sewn to the overdress at the horizontal seam above the bust. The shoulder "yoke" is then sewn to that seam. The overall effect is of a "floating" underdress.
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TessainGabriola
Posted 2019-03-03 10:22 PM (#92860 - in reply to #92584)
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Me , too! Your dress is light and bright and lots of spirit!  The black one is dark.  Yeah Welmoed!

Tessa

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karen v
Posted 2019-03-04 8:19 PM (#92861 - in reply to #92584)
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Welmoed, that is the most flattering thing I've ever seen you in. It's just gorgeous and you look like a million bucks in it.
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pldesigns
Posted 2019-03-05 7:05 AM (#92864 - in reply to #92584)
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Your dress is just beautiful. Great fabric choice. The original just looks like a muslin!
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cindysews
Posted 2019-03-06 1:51 AM (#92873 - in reply to #92584)
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Nailed it! I like it better than the original too. I had the same question about the underdress...thanks for sharing!
Cindy
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SueC56
Posted 2019-04-25 7:51 AM (#92967 - in reply to #92584)
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Very inspiring!
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Cristina
Posted 2019-04-25 2:17 PM (#92971 - in reply to #92584)
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The upper part of your dress is totally superior to the original one
while the lower part need to be tuned to achieve the balanced gore aspect of the original.
Personally I would go just with flared panels considering the air-light density aspect of your fabric!
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