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Hello everybody!

I’ve just found a dress that I really really love and I think I could love it even more if I would be able to sew it myself. So, being completely new to sewing, patterns and all that stuff, I thought I could ask here for a little help. Has anybody got any idea on how to create a pattern for this item? Suggestions of all types are welcome. Thank you!


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    May 25, 2013, 06.37 AMby sewingfan1

    Do you want to create a pattern from scratch or just adapt an existing pattern? Option 2 would be the easiest. There’s plenty of patterns around that could be altered to get this look, can suggest some once you say if that’s the way you want to go

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    May 27, 2013, 08.17 PMby bondi

    I guess the easiest way is the surest. Though I don’t have any patterns of any kind… Could you give me a link? Thanks!

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    May 28, 2013, 06.43 AMby judypeg

    Hi there sewingfan1. This is just my opinion, but as you say you are new to sewing, creating a pattern for this dress would be quite challenging. The skirt is relatively straightforward, as it is gathered at the waist with little pintucks, so just cut the amount of fabric needed for the hem width you want. Scalloping the hem of the skirt isn’t too difficult either, or you could get the scalloped look by using a nice piece of wide lace (I would dye it to match your main fabric). BUT – the difficult bit will be getting the neckline and shoulders to sit right. You can do that by using yourself as a tailor’s dummy and pinning it in place when you feel it is right. Don’t waste expensive fabric at this stage, use any old stuff. You could use a basic dress pattern with a fitted bodice and gathered skirt and adapt the bodice; Burda do the Jonny #7979. Good luck!!!!! (and come back to this forum if you need any help/advice along the way)

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    May 28, 2013, 09.15 AMby sewingfan1

    This is a similar shape: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/022011-dress-with-gathered-rectangle-skirt-and-cap-sleeves .As judypeg suggests you could use yourself as a tailor’s dummy to get the neckline etc sitting right. You would need to change the shape of the pattern pieces a bit for the neckline and draft your own sleeves (or find a dress pattern with sleeves)- it depends how ‘crafty’ you are as to how easy you’d find that to do. Instead of gathering the skirt to fit the bodice, you’d put little pin tuck pleats instead.

    You may be able to find a fabric that already has scalloped edges and just pin the pattern pieces so the scallops fall where you’d need them before cutting out.

    Have fun and follow judypeg’s advice and post more questions as and when needed :-)

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    May 28, 2013, 09.16 AMby bondi

    Thank you judypeg ! You are very nice! I’ve never used the sewing machine before, so it will be a big challenge for me. I’ll keep you posted!

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    May 28, 2013, 09.40 AMby bondi

    Thank you both so much! Hopefully I’ll get this done as soon as possible, because I have so many other items in my mind that I would like to create. This community is really encouraging :). Thank you!

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      May 28, 2013, 01.45 PMby sewingfan1

      Just a thought, if you’ve never used a sewing machine before, I’d do practice runs on scrap fabric of stitching straight lines as you’d need to do the pin tucks accurately and perfectly straight to avoid it looking a mess and it’s not as easy as you’d think!

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    Jun 1, 2013, 02.31 AMby Marianne Bordier

    I agree with sewingfan. The pattern she suggested is beautiful! I have been wanting to sew it myself. Once you are successful at that pattern, you could make another dress and play around with the scalloped edge.

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