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From: Robin12265
Date: 07-26-2007, 10:47 PM (1 of 7)
OK - I'm in way over my head. I had a dress that I just LOVED - to death... DH said I HAD to get rid of it because it was getting so threadbare. So, I sat down yesterday and cut it apart - well, used a seam ripper and took all the seams apart. I then used the pieces to make a pattern. (first time every trying this). Biggest problem is that the original dress was gauze. So, needless to say it stretched out horribly. (couldn't find any plus size patterns that had godet insets in the skirt or I'd have just gone from there!)

I got the dress to where I like it/ want it now except for the neckline. It pooches out funny. I have no idea how to remedy this.

Here's a pic of the neckline - and a rough drawing of the dress. It actually has 4 panels in front and 3 in back (center back piece was cut on the fold) and 8 godets (3 each front and back and 2 side). The front was originally cut on a fold too, but I put the seam down the middle trying to remedy the gap in the neckline.

Thanks for any help you can offer!!
User: Robin12265
Member since: 05-31-2007
Total posts: 7
From: DorothyL
Date: 07-26-2007, 11:47 PM (2 of 7)
I was looking at something in a book or magazine that had several small darts at the neckline as a design element. That might take care of the problem on a small print like that or on a solid color. I wouldn't try it on a larger print.
Or you could maybe make that center seam wider wider. But those darts were very pretty.
(the) Dorothy
User: DorothyL
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From: Kaitlinnegan
Date: 07-27-2007, 12:08 PM (3 of 7)
To my unsophisticated eye, it almost looks like the neckline is too wide -- does the gaping go away if you pull the shoulder straps out a little wider? Of course I'm not really sure how to fix it if that is the problem, but maybe someone else has an idea. - the new home for Sew What's New
User: Kaitlinnegan
Member since: 03-20-2006
Total posts: 222
From: Judi
Date: 08-02-2007, 02:29 AM (4 of 7)
It looks to me like the neckline has been pulled, on the bias that creates the 'U' shape. I always had that problem until I started doing a 'stay stitch' on the neckline before I turned the hem there. Sometimes I make that stitch a bit longer, and pull the bobbin thread just a bit, to slightly gather the edge, then turn it under.

You might try taking out the stitching around the neck, steam the neckline back so it isn't stretched, and put a stay stitch in - then slightly pull the thread to pull it in a bit. Then turn it under.

Sewing is almost better than Chocolate.
User: Judi
Member since: 06-22-2000
Total posts: 85
From: Magot
Date: 08-02-2007, 03:48 AM (5 of 7)
Wll done on taking apart and making a pattern! That is an adventure in itself - following on from Kaitlinnegans suggestion re. the shoulders - if you raise the shoulder seam nearest to your neack and re-pin the shoulders at a steeper angle does that affect the fit at all? I am just wondering if this works it might be easier than the whole redo the neckline thing that Judi was suggesting.
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
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From: Judi
Date: 08-02-2007, 02:48 PM (6 of 7)
The 'pooching out' is because the neckline edge has been stretched. Pulling the shoulders up will make the neckline higher, but won't correct the pooching.

I like the design, and the print is very pretty. What is the fabric? copying a loved dress is a challenge, and you've done a very nice job.

Sewing is almost better than Chocolate.
User: Judi
Member since: 06-22-2000
Total posts: 85
From: MartySews2
Date: 08-02-2007, 04:00 PM (7 of 7)
You might try using some clear elastic to bring the neckline in closer to the body. It does look like it has been stretched out of shape.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
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