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I've been shopping for a few weeks for a dress for a wedding. But I can't find anything that I like. I think I want to try to make one. And since rennisance fabric is having a sale, I'm taking that as a sign. I've never made modern clothes before. Any advice? Patterns to try?

Date: 2017-01-31 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlightmasque.livejournal.com
LOL, modern clothes are a PIECE OF CAKE compared to what we are used to making. Look through the Big 3 catalogs and see what strikes your fancy!

Date: 2017-01-31 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackcat452.livejournal.com

I'm just worried that because it's so simple, any imperfections will show. No hiding wonky necklines under a pile of trim.

Date: 2017-01-31 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlightmasque.livejournal.com
If you are concerned about anything, there are hundreds of you tube videos that will walk you through whatever is concerning you-- It will be okay!

Date: 2017-01-31 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sewloud.livejournal.com
1. I think vogue has the best patterns for modern sewing if you ignore the really really weird ones.
2. use sew in interfacing not iron on, never works well for me.
3. YOU GOT THIS!

Date: 2017-01-31 08:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mandie-rw.livejournal.com
I've almost exclusively used the vintage/retro reprints for modern clothes (LOL, "modern"), but overall I think Vogue and Butterick have had the least weirdness. Just pay very close attention to the finished garment measurements for your supposed size, because that 3" of ease usually pops up! Yes, thank you, Butterick, I'd really love for my 50s-style dress with a fitted bodice to be 3" big in the bust. o.O

Date: 2017-01-31 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-philomena.livejournal.com
Agreeing. The simplicity pattern I adapted for my 1900 bodice had 7" of ease at the bust. So definitely look at the pattern pieces themselves. Because that's generally the only place ease/finished measurements are noted, apart from hem width, which is usually on the envelope.

Date: 2017-02-01 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sewloud.livejournal.com
SEVEN!? I don't need that much in my scrub tops...

Date: 2017-01-31 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rose-bertin.livejournal.com
Modern clothes will be a piece of cake for you! I'm a draper so I don't really have any pattern suggestions because it's usually just me fussing around on my dress form until I get something I like, but maybe just get some patterns for standard shapes (pencil skirt, A line skirt, etc) and adapt them to suit whatever your wants and needs are?

Date: 2017-02-01 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mmebahorel.livejournal.com
You can draw your own skirt blocks pretty easily (I've managed to do it). But I agree that Vogue has been the best fitting of what I've tried so far. Of course they cost $5 rather than less than $2, but the fit is really nice.

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