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Hello there.
I need an extra opinion.
I made this summer sleeveless dress and it turned out too tight on the bust. I still don’t know why, since I’ve used this pattern before, the only thing I can think of it that working out had some results! Just kidding!
To cut a long story sort, I can barely zip the dress with a bra on and with out a bra everything gets extremely flatted and it’s not pretty.
I thought about adding a triangular insert right between the side seams, on the armpit. What do you think?
I that what you would do? I don’t want to rip off a lot of hand sewing on the interfacing and do something that won’t give me results…
Any good tutorials on triangular inserts?


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    Jul 26, 2012, 05.25 PMby katexxxxxx

    Have you taken a new set of measurements since the last time you used the pattern? And have you tried the previous dress to see if it still fits?

    As for inserting gores… Yes, you should be able to do this, though if you have enough fabric, I might be more inclined to make side panels with the extra ease needed in them, as this will look like more of a design feature and less of a bodge to fit exercise.

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    Jul 27, 2012, 06.16 AMby bohemiannow

    The last time I used the pattern was a month ago and I have not gained weight since, so I thought I didn’t have too… I know I was lazy… Well I think I can’t use side panels, because the dress has lace around the waist so the panel would not go all the way to the hem and it does fit great under the bust, so the panel would have to be a long triangle any way. Over the bust it is great too, since there are no sleeves! I think I’ll start by unpicking those side seams and experiment. My fabric is white so I hope it won’t show us much. Thank you.

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    Jul 27, 2012, 06.48 AMby bohemiannow

    Oh I read that gores should be cut on the bias to allow stretch. Do you agree with that?

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      Jul 27, 2012, 07.11 AMby katexxxxxx

      No, cut the gores on the straight grain. They shouldn’t stretch unless the dress is bias cut.

      Open the seam up to the waist and get someone to pin the gap to a close fitting T shirt where it’s comfortable. Then measure the gap. This will be the width of your gore at the top. Don’t forget to add seam allowances!

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