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Hi there

I am attempting to drape my first dress block using my new adjustable form.

I have draped the fabric, inserted darts and drawn all over the muslin. I just want to check something, when I have taken the muslin off the form, the centre back and centre front lined are straight, but the side seam lines are CURVED. I was thinking of tidying them up with a French curve, but I wonder should the seam lines also be straight?

If so, I’ll start again. My block should be fairly straightforward as I’m a B-cup UK size 10-12.

Many thanks in advance

Pitta xxx


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    Oct 11, 2013, 02.50 PMby Deanna31

    Hi Pitta

    it’s hard to say. Usually the side seams need to be straight and if it’s curved – it just needs more fabric on the side seam under the bust to straighten it off, then extra needs to be taken in the darts to compensate. But it also depends on the type of dress – you may only be able to do it curved.

    Good luck


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    Dec 14, 2013, 05.53 AMby Deanna31

    The bottom part of the dress should be curved – from the waist to the hip. But the top part should be straight

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    Dec 27, 2013, 04.59 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    Curved side seams will give a more contoured fit which looks nicer. In finished garments it is better to have slightly curved side seams: we are not made of straight lines, so our clothes shouldn’t be either! : ) Savile Row tailors will usually agree. One would not let his apprentice use a tailor’s square, saying something like “show me a right angle [or was it straight line?] on a man and I’ll let you use a square.”

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