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From: BethS
Date: 08-12-2007, 02:30 AM (1 of 5)
My dress pattern is an empire waist A-line,
with a narrow lower edge width 55".

My matron of honor's 2 pc dress pattern has two
views for the skirt, a straight (which she
will wear) and a fuller 82" A-line which is just
what I'd like on my dress.

So could I just lay out my pattern on the center
folds as usual, then lay her fuller pattern on
top and cut that one? Sort of sounds too good
to be true, am I not thinking of something?

Thanks. Beth
User: BethS
Member since: 07-14-2007
Total posts: 8
From: mommydionne
Date: 08-12-2007, 10:24 AM (2 of 5)
well... is the upper edge the same? that would be the crucial part esp if there are no gathers and it is a smooth seam, if so you could gradually grade the angle of the A line into the upper edge of your dress, I'd make a test out of an old sheet to see how it works,
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
Total posts: 838
From: BethS
Date: 08-12-2007, 01:58 PM (3 of 5)
Well, here is a pick of what I mean.

Basically, I want that wedding gown at the bottom, with the hemline as wide as possible, without those two goofy seams going up the front of the skirt.

And the green pic on top is my pattern.

I have seen lots of fuller gowns than that without the goofy front seams. I'm not sure how to do it.

Thanks ;)
User: BethS
Member since: 07-14-2007
Total posts: 8
From: DorothyL
Date: 08-12-2007, 02:53 PM (4 of 5)
Those are princess seams.
They look great on almost any figure.
If anyone can tell you how to make the dress without them it would be Pam.
If it was me I'd look for a different pattern though. It seems like you are asking for trouble since the whole dress is designed around those "goofy" seams.
But like I said, Pam might be able to help.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: paroper
Date: 08-13-2007, 06:24 PM (5 of 5)
you've basically got the right idea. Match the lengths of the two, use your waistline and her side seams, just merge the two where they will merge. Sometimes the waistline on one is higher than the other, just draw from your corner seam and merge it into will work fine. I've done this many times (skirts are easy).

Just be sure that the back straight of grain is correct for her skirt if you like the flow of that one, same thing pretains to the front of the skirt.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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