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From: mamagoose
Date: 03-12-2005, 09:16 PM (1 of 3)
Hello again,
I've been asked to make a prom dress ( (last one at bottom in green) and she does want it in dark olive green. I've ordered 6 yards of this slinky fabric ( I hope that it's enough. It has a sheen to it in the right light.
We are eliminating the criss-cross at the tummy area. She's thin.
I will lower where the flounce starts and make it to match the designer dress with a slit. The bodice (C) in the pattern ( will be the foundation and I think I will use a stiffer black woven on the inside and the fashion fabric on the outside. Then I'll add the shirring over that bodice. I've never done this (shirring). Does anyone have a guideline for how much to shir for this look. Do you make a tube first or would that be too thick? I'm worried that it will move around and might sort of turn inside out?
I'll do a back strap like the designer dress, I think the pattern lends itself to this change easily enough. I'll do the halter style strap to resemble the designer dress.
I think I'll underline the front down to the flounce and the back over the bum with a black slinky, slip-type fabric.
I will move the zipper to the side.
It's possible we will use both sides of the fabric on the criss-cross areas, as one side is shiny and has a definitive knit pattern and the other is crepey. so the criss would be shiny and the cross would be crepe. She'll have to see herself "all wrapped up" to decide.
Any heads up would be greatly appreciated! By the time the fabric gets here, I'll have just a month.
User: mamagoose
Member since: 01-26-2002
Total posts: 168
From: mac5977
Date: 03-16-2005, 09:38 AM (2 of 3)
I don't know that I would want to try shirring slinky. That sound like it would lead to more frustration than production. I think that since slinky is already stretchy, I would just gather it in the places that you are wanting a shirred look.

Mama to Kaia (4.5 years) and Rowan (3 years) and baby Dougie (born 5/4/06)
User: mac5977
Member since: 03-03-2004
Total posts: 10
From: mamagoose
Date: 03-16-2005, 07:05 PM (3 of 3)
Thanks for the response! Maybe it's not really shirring on the designer dress? I've never done shirring, so I'm not familiar with it. I expect with some experimenting I can come up with the right look. I can hardly wait for the fabric to arrive. I might work on tracing the pattern tonight.
Have a great day with your younguns!
User: mamagoose
Member since: 01-26-2002
Total posts: 168
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