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Criss Cross V Neck Dress 04/2014 #117



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Women’s dress sewing pattern available for download. Available in various sizes and is produced by burda style magazine.

Frame those curves with a criss cross V neckline. This 3/4 sleeve dress shows off your shape, especially in pure white.

This pattern is from the Solo in White collection.

Recommended Materials

Stretch dress fabrics. Use only fabric with widthwise or two-way stretch.

Amount of Fabrics

Stretch jacquard, with widthwise stretch,
width: 140 cm (55 ins)
length: 1.70 – 1.70 – 1.70 – 1.75 – 1.75 m (1 7/8 – 1 7/8 – 1 7/8 – 2 – 2 yds).

Interfacing, Vilene/Pellon G 785.

1 invisible zip, 60 cm (24 ins) long and a special presser foot.

Seam Allowance

This pattern doesn't include seam allowance

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    Jul 19, 2016, 08.58 PMby drsuepr

    I recently made up this pattern. It has some unusual problems so I decided to review it.

    I’ve sewn for over 30 years, this was one of the trickiest patterns to fit that I’ve ever worked on. I’d put in on the same scale as Marfy patterns in terms of difficulty.

    First off, if you have a bust that is over a B cup, this pattern is not for you. (I’m an A). Trust me on this. It was difficult to get right despite the fact that I’m not very curvy.

    I don’t feel the bodice is drafted correctly. The criss/cross bands that make the V neckline are drafted such that they will cross your breasts, not go under them. This resulted in the neckline gapping. I ended up completely re-drafting the bodice. The bands are straight, but I made them curved so they went under the bust. This made the bodice a bit less “cool” looking (i.e. more ordinary) but the neck fit as a result. This took many, many tests to get just right. I strongly recommend buying more of your fashion fabric. You may have to do some makeovers.

    The sleeves are unusual: sort of a cross between a raglan and set in sleeve. Make mock ups of this sleeve. I found I needed to readjust the curve to shorten the shoulder. If you have narrow or broad shoulders you need to take this into account. The sleeve is very pretty and comfortable once it’s done however.

    the skirt wasn’t particularly hard to make. You need to make sure it’s well fitted though. It’s supposed to be very snug. If you aren’t totally flat in the belly area you will definitely need to adjust so as to not look pregnant. If you have a significantly round belly, I’d skip this dress all together. Also, It took me several attempts to get the seams across the the midriff “just right.” This band is essentially a belt. Make sure it’s even all around and looks like one continuous piece of fabric.

    The lovely and unusual design element of this dress is the seaming and the darts. If you don’t use a light colored and mostly solid fabric people won’t be able to see this. There is no point in making this dress in the first place if those elements can’t be shown off. Make sure the darts fit and end in the correct area of your body.

    I used a lapped seam for all the horizontal seams in this pattern. It made putting it together much easier! I can’t even imagine how hard regular seaming would be to construct. I used a heavyweight top stitch thread to make these seams and I extended it through all the darts. It highlighted the beautiful seam lines. Use a contrasting thread for added effect. To make a lapped seam baste (in same color as fabric) along the seam lines of each piece. Iron the top piece along the seam line, place the edge along the basted line on the lower piece. Edge stitch the pieces together.

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    Mar 18, 2015, 08.10 AMby inezcath

    Are the sizes listed the right ones here? I can’t find these sizes on the size chart page

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    May 20, 2014, 02.49 PMby johe0007

    How stretchy does this fabric need to be? I am not very experienced in choosing fabrics and would actually prefer to make it in a non-stretch fabric I already have. Would this be possible?

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