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Unread 01-17-2011, 11:38 PM   #1
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Designing a slimming dress?

I am making a dress for a costume (a pokemon gijinka) and I have a lot of freedom with the design. I want to make a long dress with sleeves and I want it to be sexy. I figure might as well make a dress that is perfect for my form that emphasizes my good features, accentuating the chest and having a long slit up the thigh, and disguises my bad ones, I have large upper arms and my waist looks very flat from the front.

For the arms I am already making the dress long sleeved, but I have seen the technique of making holes on or below the shoulders to create a slimming effect.
Would this work and are there any other techniques I could use instead or as well?

I also want to create the effect of a slimmer waist from the front. I am not particularly large but I do look very flat from the front (here is an image, a bit revealing but I have trouble finding pictures of myself that aren't in costume -
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...972326_n.jp g, I am also about 5 lbs heavier right now than I was in that picture). Since I only look flat from the front and my waist itself is not large, I do still want this to be form fitting rather than figure-hiding like a loose dress.

However, one part of the dress design is that there will be a drape going from the hand and extending down to the hip of the dress. I have seen the technique of making holes in the sides used for slimming in swim suits (image may not be safe for work - http://www.coutureinthecity.com/wp-c.../one-piece.jpg ) but since my outfit is going to have material the same color as the dress behind it I don't know if that would work.

I also need to add a belt on the outside of the dress, where is the best place to put that?

This is also my first sewing project to learn how to use the new machine I got for Christmas. I was planning to get a pattern for a form fitting long dress, use a somewhat stretchy material, and just alter the design as needed.

Thanks for any help and suggestions!
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Unread 01-19-2011, 01:19 AM   #2
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I can't seem to edit my post, so I am just going to have to put this in a reply.

Update: I finished and scanned my sketch, so here it is (I can't draw very well so I only drew half of it and mirrored it over)

And here is a reference image of the pokemon I am basing it off http://media.photobucket.com/image/a...itty/arbok.png

I'm also having a harder time than I imagined finding a pattern for a simple dress with long sleeves and a straight skirt (not a flowing or ruffley one). I've considered buying Simplicity's Chinese dress pattern and following that (but it is short sleeved, I would have to make up my own sleeves).
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Unread 01-19-2011, 04:15 PM   #3
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Maybe this burda one?

http://www.sewingpatterns.com/sub_item.php?item_num=8438bur&model=%&new_category =search&view=gallery&brand=&category=search&pageGo to=0&pageFormat=3|186|186&pageCount=18&search=long %20sleeved%20dress&return=yes

You'd have to change a couple things but the basic shape might be there.
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Unread 01-22-2011, 02:00 AM   #4
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That is wonderful! Thank you! I was having so much trouble finding anything remotely like that :P I was about to order an $18 Chinese dress pattern, but this is much cheaper AND more exact!
And I love this down-loadable option too.
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