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Dressmaking question, help needed please.
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It might be worth using old bedsheets or something to make a trial run,( toile ~ pro.. 'twarl'.. kind of ) make adaptations to that adding fabric where you need it and using the modified fabric for your actual pattern.. it's a bit of work but you have a pattern adapted for you that you know will fit.
My dressmaking tutor swore by 'Moon' threads
I got my copy from The Works and it has definitely been a bargain buy for the amount of times I have consulted it!
However - it already has a wide neck and you don't really want to widen it any further in case it falls off your shoulders. I'd be inclined to slash the pattern in a line shaped like a Y with only one arm, so that you cut through the shoulder, parallel to the end of the sleeve, as far as the bust line. Then pivot and cut vertically to the bottom. Spread the pieces apart so that you have whatever extra width you need.
For the neck facing, perhaps you could cut it across the grain instead of parallel to it? The pattern would be going sideways but it wouldn't show. Or as others have said, use a different fabric or just bind the edge. If you do use a different fabric, make sure it's the same weight. If you understitch it, it will roll to the inside and won't show at all.
No worries about it slipping down my shoulders though Asa I have broad an d straight shoulders!
I may well have to put some darts in retrospectively if it is just too sack like, that's another reason I needed a zip.
Why did they call this the one hour tunic?
It's taken about four so far... But I'll keep on at it and hopefully learn from the experience.
tangoJulie, can you please tell me what you mean by under stitching?
If you do it on a curved edge you will need to trim and clip the curve first.
I lowered the neckline at the front as it was too high for me so now I'll have to make bias binding to finnish it and the armholes off. I don't think I could make a facing to match now hat I have deviated from the pattern.
I think we are talking purely practice now as I seriously doubt I will ever wear this garment. Also, it won't do for the nice vintage fabric.
I will try putting some long double ended darts into the body to see if it improves with a bit more shape to it. But just...Urgh!