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Wear the Shift, IV (a.k.a. Modern Joan)

Added Nov 30, 2011

by rljulie

Philadelphia, Un...






Same pattern, take four! I eliminated the pockets for smooth side lines, raised both the back neckline and the front, quite a bit (Joan Halloway never reveals much skin!), added 3/4 length sleeves, and added vertical bust darts on the front, above the waistline. Because it is more form-fitting, I also added a center back zipper, to help get in and out.

I also lengthened and deepened the back darts, they are almost 11" in length, total, and I lifted the point of the dart 2" so that it would fall in the curve of my back.

This process of proper fit is never ending…




Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Jul 16, 2012, 02.20 PMby mojo elgin

    gorgeous dress! I love the color. The fit is great. I’m afraid I don’t have the patience to fit myself that well. Maybe if I had dressmaker’s form…

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    Dec 1, 2011, 01.53 PMby monikapullerits

    Exactly! And I really realy need an Overlock or a serger ;) Which i really really do! :D

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    Nov 30, 2011, 05.16 PMby sarahmckee85

    Square necklines are so flattering, love the color and pattern.

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    Nov 30, 2011, 07.17 AMby monikapullerits

    That’s a lot of fitting! You must have lots of patience. :) But all for the cause, right? Lovely colour, and the fit looks great. Perfect for autumn :)

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      Nov 30, 2011, 06.19 PMby rljulie

      If I stay on this track, I’ll be able to justify spending money on a custom-fit dressmaker’s form, though, right, right? I’ll be able to say I really NEED it! ;)

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    Nov 30, 2011, 02.35 AMby secondbedroom

    Love the neckline!

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