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More Bodice help please!

Postby kellydofc » Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:48 pm

Attached are the gown I am copying and my mockup so far. I feel like my side pieces/pleats are not laying right and I can't figure out why. I suppose this could be due to the fact that I am currently using muslin and the finish gown will be in a heavier satin. But I feel like my pleats are making the outer most side panel to poufy and not as sleek as the original.
I would also like to note that the skirt is not the actual ballgown skirt though the shape is correct.
I am so frustrated because I feel like I am close but something is clearly off and I spent 6 hours yesterday messing with those stupid pleats and nothing would get them to lay correctly and not make the rest of the side piece bulky.
I do know the hem is not correct on the tails but that's an easy fix once I get the other issue sorted.

PS. So sorry for all the links but I guess I don't know how to attach pictures here anymore.
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Re: More Bodice help please!

Postby Heather » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:41 pm

It looks like the pleats on the orriginal are pretty small, 1" deep for each pleat. I don't remember what I said before about how much to take up, but if each pleat is 1", that would be 6" total. I think you are pretty close to that, but if you are over, cut it back to just 6"

Other than that, I think it is just a matter of how you are looking at it. Right now, you have the bottom let loose, rather than bunched together. I think when you pull it all in, it will make the rest fall into place. The longer outside edge will curve out a bit and lay down more smoothly as it curves into the center back. This will make the side back seams support the whole thing, and let the other areas puff out a bit.

I think it's working fine.

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