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Subject: There are no beans to spill, just a lot of practise and experience to get the look exactly right. (more inside)

Plus develop your own pattern as no decent commercial pattern exists
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Date Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 05:51:45pm
In reply to: PurpleIvy 's message, "What makes an ID dress a challenge?" on Tuesday, May 16, 04:22:10pm

You need to get the proportions and skirt angle exactly right, you need to get the amount and type of stiffening just right, and the depth and construction of the underpanels. You need to use on-trend fabrics and colours. You need a commercial embroidery machine with X-Panto or equivalent frame to give the embroidery the right look, right down to how the wide digitized stitching is split. You need to keep up with trends for such things as how wide the sleeves should be, whether they are puffed or not at the shoulder, the size and position of the cape, whether tulle is used (or not, or something else) under the skirt. And so it goes on.
Of course you can make a dress without these things all being exactly right, but it is likely to look like a rather amateur home-made dress and the teacher may not be happy with the dancer's look!

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Agree with the above! Unfortunately new parents often don't understand the dress enough to explain to an inexperienced Irish dance dressmaker. You would want to get a look at a high level dress to see what is happening. It also helps to discuss with a champion (or their mom) about what makes a good dress. (NT)lots to learnTuesday, May 16, 10:23:55pm

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