Getting started

25 Oct

I am using Vogue 2481  for the diagonal ruching on this dress.   I used this for my daughter’s wedding dress in 2007 and have always liked the diagonal effect and how the use of it has progressed since then, especially in formal wear.

This is what the front of the original pattern looks like.  The back is similar.  This dress was strapless, lined and in non-stretch fabric, so there will be alterations made to accommodate that.  I have already graded it down quite a lot to get the first muslin that is on Miss Mitzie.  Now I have to decide if I will add straps, sleeves etc.  I am leaning toward some asymmetry and having one arm sleeved and the other uncovered except for the floats.  This means taking my usual bodice pattern, morphing it on to the main dress pattern pieces, then chopping off one arm.  My biggest issue with that right now is that my bodice piece is smaller than the dress piece.  I think I will just add the width and deal with it when we get there if it is too big.

The other gowns have had a waistline seam so the bodice and skirts were separate.  This time I have considered flaring out the bottom of the dress pieces (a LOT!) to see how that works, but I don’t think the fabric is wide enough to do that.  Plus, the drape of the fabric would be tricky, so it will be bodice and skirt separate again.

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