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This is my second version of a dress using the Pattern Magic technique ‘Pare down the roundness at the back and open out.’ As you can tell from the name, it was meant for the back of the bodice, but I think it is much more fun in the front. Following the instructions in Pattern Magic 3, you close up the darts and draft all sorts of lines across the bodice. The result is an amazing structural piece that opens up to accommodate your curves and has a life of its own.

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