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I am making my daughters bridesmaids dresses using Burda Pattern 6940. The top has a ruched chiffon overlay over a satin bodice. (The chiffon is cut on the bias to create the draping)

The lining fits perfectly, but then I have to make the ruched overlay by gathering each side to make the pleats, which then lies across the bodice. The overlay pattern, is slightly smaller than the bodice to create tension, but when the bodice is held upright the ruching doesn’t hold its shape and just flops into folds at the bottom of the bodice. I have tried taking more of the overlay in at the sides but am concerned this will make the dress too tight for comfort.

Please does anyone have any suggestions what I can do?

I am getting to the point of buying a completely different pattern. This is the worst pattern I have ever used.

Thanks for any help you can offer.


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    Mar 10, 2014, 07.03 AMby Deanna31

    If the overlay is cut on the bias it will take a decent amount coming in on the sides to make it tight. But however tight you make it, it will never ruche over the bust unless you hand sew each fold in place.

    Get her to try it on, then pin the gathers in place from the top of the shoulder through the bust point down to the waist. You may need extra pinning somewhere else for it to stay in place. Take it off then hand sew wherever there is a pin.

    I don’t think there’s anything else you can do sorry.

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    Mar 30, 2014, 09.10 PMby Nellie62

    Thanks very much for your reply.

    It was cut on the bias but the overlay pattern seemed far to big for the bodice. I did pull it in tight, so tight in fact it was pushing the bodice out of shape.

    I have taken it apart yet again. I am planning to get some more fabric to try again…I’m determined not to be beaten.

    Its a shame the pattern doesn’t tell you about this.

    Once again thanks for your help.

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    May 12, 2014, 05.10 AMby George Clutten

    How did you get on I want to make this but after reading your first comment I’m worried

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    Jun 2, 2014, 01.53 PMby mbuchanan1

    The satin lining is too slippery for the ruching to stay in place, no matter how tight you pull the side. I would suggest you do the following. After you gather the sides of the bodice, lay it on top of the lining piece, distribute the gathering the way you like making the bodice match the lining piece , hand tack the ruching in place at several spots, the more the merrier, throughout the bodice, . Hope this help.

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    Jun 4, 2014, 07.01 PMby sarah matted

    where to buy all supply to make one for my mother? anyone please tell me.. i just got in here..

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