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Hi all

I am in the process of making a summer dress out of some gorgeous African embroidered cotton. The embroidery is very large and I am having trouble figuring out how to lay out the bodice pattern. I don't want to have a large flower on each boob.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated :)

 

So I have posted some photos- The first is of the bodice pattern pieces (side bodice and bodice front. I have altered it to be a surplice bodice.

 

 

-The second photo is a close up of the embroidery with a pen to show scale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third shows the full fabric with my bodice patern laying on top.

 

 

And the last is McCalls 5843. The pattern I used, though remember that the bodice is not straight as in the image, but surplice.

 

 

 

 

 

So once again, I am looking for layout ideas for the bodice so it doesn't look silly.

 

Thanks :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment by Morgan H. on May 16, 2011 at 2:32pm

Ooh, lovely fabric and great idea!  I love African fabrics...so colorful, and the prints work perfectly for dresses.

I guess I'd place the row of design at the top of the bodice instead of in the middle to be sure to avoid that dressed "boob-flower."  Be sure to place the pattern by matching the notches along the row of flowers...placed as is I think it wouldn't quite match.  Also I'd take into consideration the seam allowance and try to avoid merging two white clusters together, if that makes sense.  As in, cut it to have the seam going through two blue areas because a big irregular white cluster would stick out.

 

It will be so cute!

Comment by Rachel Pinheiro on May 16, 2011 at 2:55pm
i would try to buy a complementary  color fabric without the embordery ...  and make the bodice out of it.

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