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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 04-01-2007, 02:00 PM (1 of 10)
Hi everyone! I'm starting to make a dress from this pattern: Simplicity 3877 (, I'm doing view D, the one with short sleeves, a split neckline, and a little stand up collar. The fabric I've picked out is a lime green rayon challis with white polka dots. The polka dots are just far enough apart that I think I have to pay attention to where they end up when I cut -- they are probably 1 - 1.5" apart in a diagonal pattern. To make matters a bit more complicated, I think the pattern may be printed a bit off grain. Any suggestions for going about this? Since the dress is symmetrical, I think the dot placement might matter -- especially for the front bodice pieces. I suppose I should have just picked a solid color! :whacky: - the new home for Sew What's New
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 04-01-2007, 02:11 PM (2 of 10)
I think as long as you watch your placement on the front bodice, so you don't have two polka dots centered directly over your breasts, you should be fine. I also think this style will look great on you.
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From: paroper
Date: 04-01-2007, 07:25 PM (3 of 10)
Matching fabric can be a pain. I don't ever match small prints unless they are plaids or have lines. If the pattern is really scattered, I might match it.

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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 04-01-2007, 08:10 PM (4 of 10)
After looking at many images of polka-dotted apparel, I think the polka dots will be so dizzying that the placement won't matter too much. :bg: They're not far enough apart to worry about the boob issue, at least! LOL!

I think I'll try to get the front 2 pieces somewhat lined up vertically, but for the rest of it I don't think I'll worry about it. Thanks for the reassurance! Sometimes I get so caught up in little details it makes it very hard to start a new project. :re: - the new home for Sew What's New
User: Kaitlinnegan
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From: PaulineG
Date: 04-02-2007, 12:25 AM (5 of 10)
Paying attention to little details can be good. Especially for your chosen profession to be.

Looks like a great pattern - look forward to seeing the dress.
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From: mommydionne
Date: 04-02-2007, 04:09 PM (6 of 10)
The devil is in the details! Sounds like it will be a very pretty dress,
And yes details will be very important in your future job:re: but don't drown in them either:up:
User: mommydionne
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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 04-02-2007, 08:27 PM (7 of 10)
Well, I took the plunge and started cutting out the pieces this morning. I'm not finished cutting them out yet -- boy, there are a lot of pieces in that gored skirt!

Hopefully my attention to detail will pay off this summer -- I have to take a big exam in June that I have to pass to continue in med school, and they LOVE to test us on obscure diseases. :re: - the new home for Sew What's New
User: Kaitlinnegan
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From: bridesmom
Date: 04-03-2007, 01:01 AM (8 of 10)
OOH, very cute!! It's going to look really good in those polka dots!
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From: IsabelleB
Date: 04-03-2007, 02:52 AM (9 of 10)
Your dress is going to be lovely, Kaitlin! I agree, only the bodice should need attention, the rest will be continually moving anyway :smile:
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From: Nina Christen
Date: 04-10-2007, 08:24 AM (10 of 10)
I agree with the other members, the bodice is the only place you will have to watch when you lay out the pattern, and that will depend on the size of the dots. I have always gone by the rule if the pattern/checks are 1 inch or less in size they don't have to be matched. Good luck with your project. I hope you will post a picture when you have completed the dress. The pattern is very nice.
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