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Green Vogue 8469 with Small Problem! (FIXED!)

Added Feb 5, 2010

by nessys

Adelaide, Australia






Here is the finished 8469 that I have been working on! I am not sure if it makes me look like a dork or not (“am I too old to be wearing this dress??” is the thought that immediately springs to my mind!) but I do like the look of it though!

I made up a muslin of the bodice (as I did adjust the pattern neckline a bit) and that fitted fine, but on the final dress it is a bit “gapey” (is that a word?) around the neckline. My husband seems to think that if certain parts of my anatomy were larger this would address the problem (hence my “small” problem!). I told him I thought it would be cheaper to try and fix the dress rather than get a boob job!

I have attached photos of exactly what I mean. I was thinking about maybe sewing in some darts along the neckline (refer the photo of me holding possible darts to see what I mean) or would that look dumb? I also thought I could detach the lining, put the darts in that and then “gather & ease” the excess fabric of the bodice to the lining (does that make sense?). The excess is about 1.5 to 2 cms in total.

Any suggestions/tips would be greatly appreciated, because, when I bend over a lot of my “small problems” are revealed!!! ; )

Apart from that the dress turned out nicely. I was happy with the sleeves which again I pinched from the McCalls 5179 and with the invisible zip. I also added side pockets to the skirt.

UPDATE – Thanks to all who gave me great suggestions on how to fix the problem – so greatly appreciated! The dress now sits much better and the gape is gone!!! I’ve popped a photo of how it looks on me now if you want to take a peak! (photo is a little dark but you get the idea) xxxxxxx

Material Notes

Cotton quilting print. I suspect the “drape” of this could be the cause of the “gape” problem.
Plain cotton lawn for lining.



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Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Romantic, Vintage



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  • Logo_elenaperletti_large

    Feb 27, 2010, 10.48 AMby Elena Perletti

    daling..we have some little problems in common!!! ahahahahah! but the dress is fantastic and you look sooooooooooooooo sweet!

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      Feb 28, 2010, 01.22 AMby nessys

      Thanks Honey!

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    Feb 10, 2010, 03.03 AMby Passiona Cottee

    ooh la la! The fit is fantastic. And you look much happier, too ;)

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      Feb 10, 2010, 05.06 AMby nessys

      Don’t I though! XXXXX

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    Feb 9, 2010, 12.49 PMby katexxxxxx

    Glad the fix worked. Nice thing is that you’ll remember for the next dress you make. :)

    Te dress is lovely. Very sweet.

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    Feb 5, 2010, 04.28 PMby susanne2011

    Your dress is awesome and you are never too old to wear pretty dresses. Personally, I would just buy a push-up bra, that might fix it (and your husband wouldn’t mind either ;) ). What Kate suggests is probably to best way and the most professional way. I would probably sew in some darts, like you suggested. But hey, I am a beginner and would also be too lazy to take it all apart again!

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      Feb 9, 2010, 04.07 AMby nessys

      You are so kind Honey!!! I am feeling better about it now that it is fixed – but there was a LOT of unpicking involved!!! Where would we be without “easy unpickers!” xxxxxx

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    Feb 5, 2010, 11.46 AMby msgems

    This is a gorgeous dress, I love the colour and just everything really. Men are a pain arent they! You spend ages making something and then they’re like – oh this and that is a little bit wierd and then what they have said plays on your mind until you’ve GOT to fix it! Grrr… MEN! Who would have them! Some good advise already shared, I wouldnt know what to suggest other than throw the husband away :-))

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      Feb 9, 2010, 04.06 AMby nessys

      Thanks Darl for your lovely comment about the dress!!! Husbands – you just have to love ’em!! xxxx

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    Feb 5, 2010, 09.41 AMby sewella

    I think you look BEAUTIFUL in it! And a girl can never be too old for this kind of dress. (NEVER give up Nessy!!) Since KateXXXX and Pasiona Cottee have offered quite good and sound solutions I would stay aside with giving suggestions and stick to praising the dress! I love the fabric that you chose for this dress, and the design as well. The belt is a nice touch and gives character to the dress. I must also compliment you on the reasoning you offered your husband!! Be very proud for you have made a perfect dress!!

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      Feb 9, 2010, 04.04 AMby nessys

      Thanks so much Darl!! You are very kind and very sweet!!! Now that I have managed to fix the gape problem I am feeling much better about it!!! XXXXX

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    Feb 5, 2010, 08.07 AMby katexxxxxx

    I see the problem. Did you stay-stitch the neckline before sewing it? It looks like the fabric stretched as the neckline was sewn to the lining. On a neckline it’s always wise to stay-stitch both the fashion fabric and the lining. If you lay the dress flat and place the pattern over it, after folding out any alterations you did to the toile, you can see what has happened.

    The only way to fix it is to take the lining out and stay-stitch the necklines, draw them up to match the pattern and press out any ripples so the fabric goes back to what it should be, and re-sew.

    Remember that all but a very few commercial patterns are sized for a B cup. If you are smaller or larger than this, you need to make the appropriate bust adjustment. As your toile fitted, and it fits neatly at the bustline, and the fabric looks slightly stretched along the neckline, I don’t think this is the problem here.

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      Feb 9, 2010, 03.08 AMby nessys

      Hi Kate Honey – thanks so very much for all your tips. I really think you were right – so I unpicked the neckline, stay-stitched both necklines, then gathered them slightly and eased them together. I think the result worked very well and there is much less gape – so I am thrilled! I’ve popped another photo up showing how it looks now. Thanks again so much xxxxxxx

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    Feb 5, 2010, 05.15 AMby cquinn13

    I love the dress! The print is so cool too! I don’t think darts would look stupid, and would be much easier than ripping it apart to get to the lining and resewing…but that’s just me. and men! can’t live with ‘em…can’t kill ‘em either. I wouldn’t mind having your ‘problems’ it’s more than what i’ve got! :D

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      Feb 9, 2010, 03.02 AMby nessys

      LOL! Anyway – like I said – I was already wearing the the push-up bra so I can’t take credit for it all!! xxx

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    Feb 5, 2010, 03.54 AMby elisana

    I think it’s lovely!!!! I like the idea of putting the dart in the lining and doing a little gather/ease on the outside, I think it’ll look even cuter, and you’ll be able to bend down without showing more than you want to. But I’d try a different bra before making the change, like the other girl suggested. very romantic dress, perfect for V’s Day!

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      Feb 5, 2010, 04.15 AMby nessys

      Thanks Sweetie! xxx

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    Feb 5, 2010, 03.36 AMby Passiona Cottee

    Ya-ay, it’s here! I think the dress is a very sweet shape and suits you nicely. I feel for you and how annoying it would be to go to the trouble of making a muslin bodice only for the final dress not to fit the same. Personally, I would just wear one of those bras that add a little extra ; )

    Though, I am interested in hearing the advice of members whom are more experienced than myself. Good on you for sharing this minor hitch with what is really a lovely dress.

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      Feb 5, 2010, 04.15 AMby nessys

      The scary thing is Darl, I AM wearing a bra that adds a “little extra”!!! I thought that would fix it!!! Thanks for your lovely comment Darl! xx

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    Feb 5, 2010, 03.24 AMby freakusbzzz

    I think you’ve got amazing ""small problems". Dress is pretty cool too.

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      Feb 9, 2010, 04.12 AMby nessys

      Thanks Darl! xxx

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