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  • HG2000 commented on HG2000's instructable 1860s Civil War Era Dress4 months ago
    1860s Civil War Era Dress

    Hi, I'm sorry I can't help you a great deal. I now have a pattern drafter by 'Maria Martin Designs' which I would highly recommend. This would solve pretty much all your problems and is definitely the best way to go.If not, the way I used to draft patterns was a very slow, awkward progress. I would google the shape of the pattern piece I was after to get an idea of the shape I'm aiming for; and copy it down and adjust every line on the pattern by measuring the distance it was on my body and shortening/lengthening it appropriately. I would then use the pattern to make a mock up with an old sheet, try it on, then adjust it to fit me better. I then marked these adjustments on the paper pattern and make another mock up. I would repeat this process until I achieved a mock up that needed no a...

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    Hi, I'm sorry I can't help you a great deal. I now have a pattern drafter by 'Maria Martin Designs' which I would highly recommend. This would solve pretty much all your problems and is definitely the best way to go.If not, the way I used to draft patterns was a very slow, awkward progress. I would google the shape of the pattern piece I was after to get an idea of the shape I'm aiming for; and copy it down and adjust every line on the pattern by measuring the distance it was on my body and shortening/lengthening it appropriately. I would then use the pattern to make a mock up with an old sheet, try it on, then adjust it to fit me better. I then marked these adjustments on the paper pattern and make another mock up. I would repeat this process until I achieved a mock up that needed no adjusting. Then I could finally use the pattern on my project...If in doubt, you can find information for pretty much anything on blogs or Youtube. :)Happy Sewing!

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  • HG2000 commented on HG2000's instructable 1860s Civil War Era Dress3 years ago
    1860s Civil War Era Dress

    Sorry, I don't. I borrowed it from a friend, but I don't know where she got it from.

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  • HG2000 commented on HG2000's instructable 1860s Civil War Era Dress3 years ago
    1860s Civil War Era Dress

    Thanks! Yes, you could easily change the shoulder seam so that it was not dropped but it would not be very period accurate if you did. The dresses in this era had dropped sleeves to make the shoulders look wider and thus giving the illusion of a smaller waist. I prefer fitted shoulders too but had to make them dropped in order to be period accurate.

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