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Would this pattern be appropriate for a black formal?

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    Profile photo of AudreyAudrey @skirtfixation

    My daughter needs a floor length black formal dress for orchestra. I am trying to save money by making her one. Could this pattern be altered to make her a black satin floor length dress? She wants to look similar to many of the other girls who will be wearing this dress: http://www.concertattire.com/product_p/118.htm I think I could just lengthen it, eliminate the belt and belt loops and collar and make it a scoop neckline. Then I would have this pattern and be able to make myself a dress too!!!

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    Profile photo of TamaraTamara @justsewit

    Hi Audrey

    I can’t see why the Bistro dress couldn’t be lengthened. I suggest making a muslin first to see how it would go.

    As an alternative, and if you have the pattern, you could also use the attache dress. This may achieve more of a flowing look to the skirt (as per you linked photo).

    Either pattern would be perfect. What is the time length you’ve been given for this project?

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    Profile photo of melelizameleliza @meleliza

    I’m concerned that a floor length Bistro dress wouldn’t give her enough room to walk/play. You couldn’t simply lengthen it, you would have to alter the shape of the skirt by slashing and spreading it. I agree that the attache dress would be more appropriate for concert wear. It’s also extremely easy to fit and sew because of the princess seams. You might also consider the cinema dress.

    My mom and I used to make lots of concert dresses for me for orchestra too. Back in the early 90s it was impossible to find teenaged sized clothes in all black! To this day, my favorite thing I ever sewed was a floor length black skirt for concerts. I lengthened it myself – which then seemed like such creative altering! lol. I always felt like a grown up pro in that skirt. I wish I still had it.

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    Profile photo of AudreyAudrey @skirtfixation

    I knew I came to the right place! Unfortunately I only have until Saturday evening, so I need a PDF pattern. The Attache dress would be perfect though! I’ll try the Bistro and see how it goes. It does need to be wide enough for her to play the cello.

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    Profile photo of TamaraTamara @justsewit

    I would do a muslin like stated above just so that you can get the fit and the skirt correct. You certainly don’t want the skirt to be tight all the way down. There is a way to slash and spread without altering the waist – cut up to but not through the seam allowance, but I am trusting you know this already.

    Good luck and please show us the end result. It’ll be fun to see.

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    Profile photo of melelizameleliza @meleliza

    If time is of the essence, I would consider the cinema dress. You won’t have to draft significant alterations and the princess seams allow you to fit it right on the body and get away with skipping the muslin. I don’t see why you couldn’t substitute a zipper for the buttons, would would be quicker too. You could also skip the pockets. It has the right shape and adding length would be easy.

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    Profile photo of AudreyAudrey @skirtfixation

    I showed her the Cinema Dress, but she specifically didn’t want the waistband seam/line and so we went with the Bistro which she also liked the more fitted look of.

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    Profile photo of AudreyAudrey @skirtfixation

    So now I’ve been sewing the Bistro, and have a little concern. My daughter has gone to bed, so this may be unnecessary worry once she tries it on, but there seems to be a little point at the bust end of the bust darts…right an awkward spot! I know it’s not the fault of the pattern, it’s my mistake, but can anyone help me with this?

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    Profile photo of KerrilynKerrilyn @Kerrilyn

    Hey don’t panic just yet. Do try it on first and then evaluate. It may be fine.

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    Profile photo of melelizameleliza @meleliza

    How did it look on?

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    Profile photo of AudreyAudrey @skirtfixation

    It worked! And it was so beautiful!! You can see photos here: http://skirtfixation.com/2014/12/bistro-dress-liesl-co/
    Thanks everyone for your help.

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