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My fourteen year old daughter has chosen a lovely dress for Valentines.
However, I am having to try and construct a pattern for it.
I am attaching a picture of the dress she wants and the pattern I have.

I think I can make the yoke and bodice alterations; and this particular Vogue pattern leaves the dress opened down the front once the bodice is attached to the skirt. Then the button row is attached and the dress is closed that way.
Problem is this…
In the picture of the ivory dress, the skirt beneath doesn’t look like it’s included in the buttons. Does it??
Any help or tutorials on how to make this work would be GREATLY appreciated!
Thank you!!!


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  • Missing

    Dec 31, 2013, 10.11 PMby arisaid

    To me it looks like the underskirt is attached as far as the buttons go, then unattached after the buttons. If you look very carefully at the ivory dress you will see thatere is a ‘seam’ at the end of the button opening placket. Hope this helps.

  • Rita_for_burdastyle_photo_large

    Jan 1, 2014, 12.01 AMby rita61

    I would make two separate items: the Vogue dress with the design alterations, and a separate bustier underdress/slip. And from past experiences with growing teens, make the underdress first, and then fit the Vogue dress over it. Looking forward to seeing the finished dress.

  • Purplefan_large

    Jan 1, 2014, 02.47 AMby purplefan

    The dress style seems to be like something one would see in Forever 21’s dress sections, especially with the decorated collar and sheer components.

    I am of two opinions on the dress construction: 1) The underdress is separate from the sheer overdress entirely and not connected to the button placket on the overlayer; 2) The underdress is connected to the button placket on the overlayer at least above the waist. The shoulder yoke sheer inset looks to be sewn into the sweetheart bust directly.

    The overdress is definitely a much looser fitting garment (bow belt offers the waist definition) and your Vogue Pattern could be adapted to get the basic look. Underdress looks to be a sheath.

    I feel that the dress needs more length and perhaps cap sleeves at least on the overdress-unless you are in a tropical zone in February, the dress is too light for winter wear. Sleeve inspiration comes from the cap sleeve detail in BurdaStyle’s Feb. 2013 issue from a 1920s-style shirt:http://www.burdafashion.com/fr/Magazines/burda_Style/132_Chemisier__154_Sautoir_Schema_du_modele/1270777-1000019-1799727-1799730-1799778-1799924.html

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