Always a new challenge

3 Jul

After deciding to nix the sweetheart neckline and switch it to what one Pattern Review member has said is a bandeau neckline, things sped up a bit on the construction front.

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I am holding the tails of the bandeaux behind my back.  They will be attached somehow later on.  As it is, I can still get in and out of the dress without a zipper – yay!  So this is all lovely and the dress is together and I can move on to making under skirts etc.  But wait!  My under dress patterns are for the sweetheart neckline or a scoop neck.  Here is the pattern lying on my pristine white shimmer organza.

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And I wasn’t crazy about the results of the sweetheart one anyway.  So now – bandeau under dress with elastic straps? That doesn’t provide a lot of support for those skirts, which weight a few pounds.  These gowns cannot just hang on the sheer illusion fabric and a bit of clear elastic at the shoulder seams.  Plus I need to allow for the straps of the body suit, which, in my view has to be removable.

So the plan-du-jour is to make the under dress with this pattern using nice, strong power mesh.  I used it for the current gown and it really helps make a nice, smooth line.  Then we will do trials with Miss Mitzie and me and see how the straps can be made to be the least conspicuous.  Stay tuned!

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One Response to “Always a new challenge”

  1. demoiselle July 5, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    The color and the shape of this dress are beautiful! You’re making me miss my brief stint doing ballroom dancing classes as a teen. I wish that hubby and I could afford lessons. Just the other weekend we were having a blast at a wedding pretending we remembered how to do the swing.

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