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Which issue had the evening gown(white?)that was tacked up onto underskirt?

waybusymom | Posted in General Discussion on

My Threads are spread all over the house and though I’ve retrieved most of them I can’t find the issue that I believe was in the last 2 years which had the (white?) formal dress that was cut 3 or 4 feet longer than normal and bustled, scrunched tacked up all over onto an underskirt until it was a balloony, princessy confection. My longtime babysitter wants it for her prom dress and I need to get on it right away. Which issue should I be trying to track down or ordering a back issue of? Thanks for the help!


  1. stillsuesew | | #1

    You've got the idea right,
    You've got the idea right, can you just go for it? I've altered and hemmed a few of these. The top flounces have less fabric in them than the lower ones. The second row is offset from the first row so they are not directly under each other. I'll bet you could mock up a single panel in muslin to test it.

    1. waybusymom | | #6


      What a quick response! Thank you. The offset of the rows makes total sense, I'm not sure I would have thought of it myself at the first attempt. Thanks!

  2. tracy | | #2

    Dear WayBusy,

    There was a skirt that was featured in Threads a couple of years ago during the summer months that sounds like what you are describing (but it wasn't a full dress). I'm at work, but I'll check to see if I can find it when I get home.


    1. waybusymom | | #4


      That would be terrific! Let me know if you come up with the issue.

  3. sewchris703 | | #3

    Is this the look? http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5321-products-4901.php?page_id=110 Maggie Suttero (http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?line=m&page=11&style=R1043) and Allure (http://www.allurebridals.com/index.php?id=2&start=24) Bridal have a number of styles with this type of skirt. You might want to go to a bridal salon near you and look at the construction of those gowns. Basicly, you need to make an A-line under skirt that is much narrower than the outer skirt. The outer skirt is much fuller and longer. It's picked up, pleated, and tacked to the underskirt in a checkerboard pattern. How much or little is picked up is up to you.


    1. waybusymom | | #5

      Thanks Chris!

      I took a look, those are exactly what I was remembering. I'd still love to find the article, but whether I do or not these will help lots!

      1. cafms | | #7

        Is this the article you are looking for?

        The cloud skirt

        By Susan Crane

        Tuck and tack organza fabric for a poufy confection

        May 2008 (Issue # 136)

        1. waybusymom | | #8

          THANK YOU SO MUCH! Finally found it with your help. Thanks!

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