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So I am new to this forum, not sure if I used the wrong section for this, so I am reposting here, sorry for any confusion.

So I am planning my first dress and I wanted to keep it simple. There are just some things and style points I need help working out. I successfully drafted a skirt sloper, as per Jamie Laus tutorial, and removed all ease and tapered the pattern to the knee. Hopefully this will create a great fitting skirt. For the bodice I was unsuccessful at drafting my own, so I temporarily put it aside and decided to choose a pre drafted pattern. I really like the bodice on the Danielle dress pattern, right in burdastyle, but as it was created for a woven I understand there may have to be some modifications. Lastly, I also like the pleated sleeves on the Danielle and was even thinking of a lettuce hem, (despite not having a serger I have seen on RTW shirts an unfinished lettuce hem with slightly rolled edges and like the effct) as well as a center contrast band like on Danielle, but this would have to be done in a different color for lack of fabric. What color would match with royal blue? Or should I ditch the sleeves and contrast band in order to have all one color?
Thanks for suggestions


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    Jan 27, 2013, 05.45 PMby Meldbombs

    I forgot to mention, only have 1.5 yds of 60in blue jersey

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    Jan 28, 2013, 05.24 PMby sewingfan1

    You can do a lettuce edging using a narrow zigzag stitch and slightly stretching the fabric as you sew from what I remember. i’m sure I did it that way before i had a serger. I think silver/grey, black, olive green, bright yellow, turquoise, cream or white all contrast well with royal blue. I was planning to make the danielle dress at some point and would def.have done it with a contrasting band and kept the sleeves.

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      Jan 28, 2013, 06.43 PMby Meldbombs

      I have bright light light yellowish blue woven, maybe a good contrast, using the actual sleeve pattern of danielle

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    Jan 29, 2013, 07.16 PMby sewingfan1

    Ooh yes, that sounds like it could work

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