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I’m making a prom dress with a plunging neckline, like this one:

The pattern I’m using for the top is this one (the top one in the picture)

I’m aware that I need to adjust the edges a bit, but I was wondering if I should bone all the seams or just a few of them, and if so, which ones? Or if boning will be necessary at all?

Also, are there any things I should know or pay attention to? I’ve never done boning before and even though I’ve looked it all up and think I know what I’m doing there might be some little things you only learn with experience and I don’t have much time to learn the technique :)

Thanks in advance!


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    Mar 8, 2014, 05.54 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    If you get the dress to fit properly (you’ll have to make a few toiles) you can just interface the whole bodice with fusible interfacing. For extra security, I suppose you could add straps made from invisible elastic like you can buy for sewing swimwear. I will also help if you add a waist-stay to help keep the dress’s waistline at your waistline.

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    Mar 10, 2014, 07.46 AMby Deanna31

    Hi, boning would be good. You have a zip on the side so you only need boning in the seams that go through the bust point (and the 2 seams in the back). Make sure it fits closely at the top front of the dress (along the seams that go through the bust point, above the bust).

    Boning is easy: Sew the seams, use 1cm wide boning that you can sew straight on top (without inserting it into fabric), cut it about 2cm smaller then the seam length (without the seam allowance), pop a double layer of a peice of fabric on the ends of both boning ends, and stitch it in (on the hidden side- so when you fold the seam allowance to the inside, it will be in the middle). And your done!

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