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topstitching on bodice necessary?

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    corlee @corlee

    i am working on this gorgeous dress and was wondering if i need to do the topstitching on the bodice over the shoulders. i’m using double gauze cotton and am would like to leave the shoulders clean. i’m guessing that the purpose of the topstitching is to prevent shift? if so, could i edgestitch around the neck and armsyce? thanks!

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    Nicole @motherof5

    I don’t think you have to stitch the seam on the shoulders if you are willing to press it back to shape.

    I made these for a dear OS O+S chum and I hand stitched the seam in place http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/7087015835/in/photostream/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/6941047922/in/photostream/

    ~Nicole~

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    corlee @corlee

    so the stitching is there to help maintain shape? i’m leaning towards not stitching – i really like the uninterrupted shoulder on this. having said that, your dresses are quite lovely!

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    Nicole @motherof5

    It is a bit hard to say……but it can always be added later if you do find it is shifting.

    I am sorry not to be more help.

    ~Nicole~

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    corlee @corlee

    nicole, you’re perfectly helpful! it’s so great to have these forums to have input. seriously, even a “i’m not sure” input is better than nothing. so thank you for being so helpful. the support found here in the forums help make the o+s patterns (in addition to the patterns being wonderful themselves) a true pleasure to sew.

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    Nicole @motherof5

    Thank you Corlee,that is so sweet of you and it made my day!

    The forum is great and I always try and check in before making an o+s pattern for ideas and tips.

    ~Nicole~

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    Liesl Gibson
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    @liesl

    I’m fairly certain you wouldn’t need them–they’re really more of a design detail to define the shoulder/armhole than to hold the two layers together. Just be sure to smooth and pin and you should be fine without the topstitching. Can’t wait to see!

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    2preciousgirls @2preciousgirls

    this is one of my favorite O+S patterns. i’ve made a handful of these in different sizes, and have always omitted the bodice topstitching. i actually like it better without it, and have never run into any problems.

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    Linda @Knitting1

    I like the ribbon detail, Nicole. Did you add it afterwards by hand or something? I might do this, I really like it.

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    Nicole @motherof5

    @Linda, I am pretty sure I added it afterwards…. I *think* I sewed the edges and the top but left the bottom free for movement.
    Those dresses went to Humble, Texas. 🙂

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