I am an experienced sewer but I’ve never made a dress with a foundation garment. Iam working on VOGUE V1108 and it has the said foundation garment. Can anyone tell me if this can be made out of the dress fabric ? This this for a paying customer so there is no room for error. Thank you.

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    Mar 3, 2012, 04.33 PMby mickeygirl

    Because the shoulders of this dress are cut so wide and low – bra straps are going to show.

    If the wearer is planning to wear a strapless bra or a corset type bra – that would be fine. You should probably make a waist stay to keep the pressure off the zipper.

    It says right on the back of the pattern that the foundation is suggested china silk if that is what the customer wants. http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1108-products-9944.php?page_id=316&search_control=display&list=search If you are make it out of the same fabric as the dress – is that going to be comfortable against the skin?

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    Mar 4, 2012, 07.17 AMby katexxxxxx

    Whenever I make a gown with a hidden foundation like this, I make that foundation out of twilled cotton. This is much stronger than the light weight lining fabric suggested. I cut two layers and stitch the channels so the bones slide up between the layers. I also like to use spiral steel corset boning, never stuff like Rigeline. Use end caps on the boning. I also like to use ‘corset tape’ to do the boned layer up. This is pre-made hook and eye tape (which is OK for this use and for light weight bustiers, but useless for real corsets!).

    With a proper foundation like this, which goes next to the skin, there is no need for a separate bra, and, if needed, a waist stay can easily be made.

    Make the foundation first, as the dress is fitted over that.

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