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Date Posted: 13:39:50 03/15/01 Thu
In reply to:
's message, "Contruction Problems-Technique & Tips" on 15:45:15 03/10/01 Sat
Okay, the Oireachtas is this weekend and I found out yesterday that my daughter's teacher is going to let her go. I've been working on a dress for her that is 99% finished, but have been taking my sweet time since I didn't think she'd be going to the Oireachtas. The dress turned out lovely, although the back is not as flat as I'd like but the cape will cover that. All I have left to do is add a collar, sew the bodice to the skirt (the one part that I dread) and add a zipper. Now, I've basted the bodice to the skirt and had her dance in the dress. She dances with her hands behind the front side panels so you cannot see them. The dress looks lovely, but when she dances, the side panels flatten out, and you can see her entire arm. So, I pinched the side panels and pinned where the side panel is sewn to the back and this seems to work. How do I sew this so the panels will continue to stick out. Now, I just don't think it would be appropriate for me to sew through the side panel because you would be able to see the threads (unless I put rhinestones over the stitching). My question is how does everyone make the side panels stick out? I used the Irish Threads pattern. The dress is a box pleat with two side panels, both are stiffened with a heavy vilene (heavier than what Irish Threads provides). I noticed on some dresses at the dance studio tonight that where the side panel meets the back panel, the seamstress sewed a 1/2 pleat. Is this what everyone does and does it help the panel stick out?
--I haven't tried the Irish Threads pattern yet, so I'm not sure how Pat drafted the pattern. I ran into the same thing with my first couple of dresses, and figured out a couple of ways to fix it. First, is the top of the side panel very curved? If it is, shave off a little toward the side seam and it'll pull those pleats back out. Also, make sure that when the dress is on your daughter that the waistline is very even all the way around. If it dips down on the sides at all, it can cause the side panels to droop. I always put a side pleat into my dresses, figuring if nothing else it leaves a little more grow room in the waistline, and I think it also helps the skirt hang nicely. If all else fails, pop in some boning towards the bottom of the skirt. Good luck with your daughter's dress -- We know it's a labor of love, which will make it even more special to her!
-Thanks everyone. The dress is finished except for hand sewing the lining to the zipper. I think I took apart the waist 100 times and now it seems to work well. The dress does not flatten, but I would like it to stick out a little more so I think I may get safety pins and give it a pinch underneath where no one can see it.
--I am glad your dress worked out. Yes you definitely have to put little pleats at the top of the side panels to make them stick out. It works wonders! We also use great big clothespins to pin the kick pleats down (cause they are so stiff at first) and then flatten your dress on the floor and put the biggest heaviest thing you have on it for a few days to make it settle (I use the oak insert from our kitchen table).
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