Created by: praisewat7892139
Project

Lace overlay plus-sized dress

What are you most proud of? That my daughter's friend got a dress she was pleased with. What advice would you give someone starting this project? What a learning curve both she and I had. We had to find out where her mental image crossed what she really wanted and what I could actually do. Lessons learned: 1. Talk up front about what is not possible. For instance, a boned bodice simply was not going to be in my skill set for this friend. I succeeded in this. 2. Stay away from polyester taffeta, organza and inexpensive lace. They are extremely difficult to work with. Try to address cost concerns with alternative dress styles using less fabric. I was not successful in this regard. 3. Learn more and practice more in fitting. I finally adjusted the bust line, but never did get a super good fit on the sway back. 4. Once you give the girl the dress, remove yourself from the equation. If she wants to cinch a purchased belt around your hard-won smooth waist band, let it be. 5. Give great appreciation to Barbara Deckert (plus size fitting and design) and Alison Smith (lace class) for their expertise and their patience.

You Can Make This

praisewat7892139 made Lace overlay plus-sized dress with:

Plus-Size Pattern Fitting & Design

Class + Kit

Plus-Size Pattern Fitting & Design

with Barbara Deckert

  • Poly taffeta
  • organza
  • and lace

Project Description

What are you most proud of? That my daughter's friend got a dress she was pleased with. What advice would you give someone starting this project? What a learning curve both she and I had. We had to find out where her mental image crossed what she really wanted and what I could actually do. Lessons learned: 1. Talk up front about what is not possible. For instance, a boned bodice simply was not going to be in my skill set for this friend. I succeeded in this. 2. Stay away from polyester taffeta, organza and inexpensive lace. They are extremely difficult to work with. Try to address cost concerns with alternative dress styles using less fabric. I was not successful in this regard. 3. Learn more and practice more in fitting. I finally adjusted the bust line, but never did get a super good fit on the sway back. 4. Once you give the girl the dress, remove yourself from the equation. If she wants to cinch a purchased belt around your hard-won smooth waist band, let it be. 5. Give great appreciation to Barbara Deckert (plus size fitting and design) and Alison Smith (lace class) for their expertise and their patience.

Q&A with praisewat7892139

littleblu6736518 asked:
I fully agree with all your comments on choice of materials. It is daunting to work with something expensive, so we often go for less quality. This usually means a lot of sewing problems, as you describe so eloquently. The dress looks really good, and if the owner is pleased with it... well done!
praisewat7892139 answered:
I would have chosen silk fabrics and differ lace, but the bride chose these other fabrics. I'm not sure what went into her choices but it was complicated. Thank you for your kind comments.
Barbara Deckert asked:
You did a great job, and the result of all your hard work and learning is a tribute to you as a caring human being and to your "customer." She looks and feels pretty, and you made that happen. Congratulations!
praisewat7892139 answered:
Thank you for your skills and support, without which I would never attempted the dress.