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Unread 05-04-2014, 09:29 AM   #1
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Dress Pattern problems--She-ra

I am going to learn to sew ( I plan to spend a few weeks practicing taking notes, watching videos and doing lots of practice projects this summer.) I want to make my first cosplay out of a simple dress pattern, but I can't figure out what would fit best.

http://www.thestylishgeek.com/wp-con...1-764x1024.jpg

I really like her base, but she achieved that from working with a dress from the 90s and cutting it down. I want a similar pattern, but am not sure where to find it.

http://www.ecrater.com/p/16039034/mc...n-sz-10-misses
(This is good too, but out of print. below)
http://www.antiquedollhouseofpatterns.com/shopcart/catalog/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=4&products_id=18 994
(She does a lot with this pattern, but the skirts weird. I think if I made it short and just hemmed it instead of bubbling it, it would be fine.below)
http://www.adventuresindressmaking.c...l#.U2ZHKfldVAN

This is the closest I found for the pattern I need for the bodice(top), but I am not sure about combining bodices and skirts of different types. (I looked at the instructions of some people online and it looks way to hard for someone with a few weeks of practice under their belts.)

I saw some dress that work with the dress top having a straight across strapless necklines with the right skirt, btu some had skirtline(?) embellishments. I want to finish in the few months before school gets back in, but I want to be organized/take a month to make props and learn to sew.

Any help is appreciated and please feel free to ask for any clarification, if I wasn't clear enough. Thank you again for any help at all.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 08:09 AM   #2
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90's patterns like you linked are plentiful, the top one was a tad better than the second one because it has the sweetheart neckline you want and the pointed waist. ignoring the multiple layers in the skirt and cutting it shorter is easy, there are even instruction within patterns for shortening or lengthening skirts and pants.

I think strapless and a pointed waist are a bit challenging for a first time project, that isn't quite diving into the ocean when you don't know how to swim, but it is towards the deeper end of the pool.

It might be easier to make two items, a skirt and a corset style top. Just having them as separate patterns, from current stock where you can purchase exactly the right size should simplify the process for you.
http://www.simplicity.com/p-5533-misses-skirts.aspx
http://butterick.mccall.com/b5797-pr...hp?page_id=916
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Unread 05-05-2014, 12:42 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response

I am not quite sure that will the desired effect, but it certainly will probably look better than my attempts, to do something to far out of my range. I will work on that to see how it works. I will keep this open in case in other response come in that may provide a different perspective.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 02:55 PM   #4
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While I have a history of agreeing with Penlowe, I have to say that it's not just solidarity that makes me agree that your first pattern link is far closer than your second one to She-Ra.

I also agree that learning to sew on this is asking a lot of yourself, but if you follow all the directions from the pattern and ask us for any clarifications, I believe a new person can do it.

Penlowe's compromise will probably not look as good, but it won't be as hard, is why I think it was suggested.

So my difference of opinion is to use the first pattern link and make the modifications that Penlowe suggested. Now if the pattern isn't the right size, then I have to change my stance; altering patterns for size is a pretty advanced skill and plenty of experienced people screw part of it up (because you don't add the same amount or the same shape everywhere).
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Unread 05-05-2014, 09:30 PM   #5
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To all: The pattern is actually too big, which was a problem, I completely forgot to take into consideration.

@Penlowe Thanks for the helpful reply. Would I have to do boning for the corset? I am not exactly sure how that would work and was not able to tell from the information online.

@lemuries Thanks for the helpful reply. Your comment on size helped with my decision.

New Patterns Found:
http://momspatterns.com/inc/sdetail/107899 (looks good minus the embellishments, I don't suppose i could just skip those steps?)
http://momspatterns.com/inc/sdetail/97558(Does an underskirt matter a ton?)
http://www.amazon.com/Butterick-Patt.../dp/B005DKCCIA(The topmost right looks the closest, but would it work with a cotton or something.

Can you guys be brutally honest and tell me if it is it too much of a stretch to try to learn how to sew in one or two months. I am student, so the only time I have to do this is summer, for a convention next year, but I won't get a sewing machine (hopefully for my birthday) until July. I am really invested in this She-Ra costume, but would rather do it justice than botch my attempts.

Any alternatives would be great. Thanks so much for the helpful and clear responses so far. This has made my first foray into cosplay a lot better than expected.
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Unread 05-06-2014, 07:52 AM   #6
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Yes. Less accurate but better constructed, in my mind, is a better overall result than anything poorly constructed.
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