2012/04/10

...hmm, help?...

You might think that everything I sew turns out well?!...in that case you are wrong...so today a little proof for that.

I finally found some time to put my hands on the beautiful Darling Ranges dress pattern by Megan Nielsen. As usual, I didn't make a muslin...though this time I regret it a little because I used this wonderful green NaniIro fabric and it just didn't turn out as I had imagined.


Sorry, I don't even feel like making photos of me wearing it! Anyway, I think it is pretty obvious that the neckline is far too wide! 

So please please please lovely readers, if you have any good advices or ideas how to rescue this dress, leave me a comment! I already thought about drafting another neckline and sew it into the previous one. What do you think? And should I use the same fabric as before or a contrast one?!....help is very much appreciated!!! Thanx and have a lovely week!!!

41 comments:

  1. What about adding a ruffle? Goodbye Valentino recently made a Kate Spade-inspired dress with a ruffle on the neckline that was just too perfect (here).

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    1. Love this kind of neckline! Thanks Amy for the link!

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  2. I think the idea of sewing a new neckline into the dress is really good. Perhaps you can find a fabric which is coloured like the leaves on the dress - a light green colour? Or the colour of the blossoms (cream I guess) I think the fabric is really, really nice and has a lot of details, so if I'd add something to the dress I'd chose something simple. I wish you all the best and a lot of patience... :-)

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    1. Thanks Frau Tipmatic! This is exactly what I thought...and actually, what I went for! Hope to be able to show you the result soon! Thanks also for the encouragement! Really needed lots of patience! ;)

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  3. Could you add some lace trim to the neckline? I think that's what I would do, especially if it was a heavier weight lace (not a nylon, but cotton).

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    1. Thanks Mika! A lace trim! I love this idea, but was not so sure whether to do one for this dress because of the extremely floral print.

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  4. Can you pull up the neckline with one extra button? It will probably look mis-shapen, but might not be too visible in the fabric. Otherwise, why don't you sew a series of small darts or tucks around the neckline. Maybe you can make them look like a design feature, or hide them with a decorative something on top of it. Good luck - the dress looks lovely and the fabric is a great choice.

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    1. Thanks betty! I tried your hint with the extra button...unfortunately, tooo obvious! :D...but a clever idea anyway! ;)

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  5. Megan Nielsen is doing a sewalong on her blog--maybe you could email her and she could address it? She's very helpful! :)

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    1. Thanks for the hint Emily!...she is such a nice person, but I thought that maybe she is too busy now mooving. :)

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  6. If you're going to do another neckline, such as a scooped neck, may I advise merely wearing a camisole underneath? They come in so many fabrics, colours, & lace trim. It would be much easier to switch your look as desired, as well. Otherwise, I would think of adding a contrast colour at the neckline, perhaps asymmetrical...given more a look of a light-weight scarf.

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    1. I tried your advice with the camisole. Actually, that was also what I thought of first. Unfortunately, the neckline was so low, that it still looked very unfitted! But thanks so much for your suggestion!!!

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  7. I was thinking about cotton lace as well ... Nevertheless, the dress looks very pretty!

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  8. I agree with the idea of adding darts. They wouldn't be that noticeable. Hope you figure something out because that print is gorgeous!

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    1. I figured something! Hope to be able to show you sooon! Thanks Liza!

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  9. That's a lovely print. I think the idea already suggested - of wearing a camisole underneath the dress is a good idea :)

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  10. Just stumbled onto your blog, it's adorable! I love it.

    Would this dress fit on backwards? Then you could have a chic, high neckline and a dipping low v in the back.

    The fabric is beautiful!

    mattandcarlycross.blogspot.com

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    1. Aaaaah! I loved this idea of yours Carly! That is so clever!...Unfortunately, the dress has some bust darts, thus it didn't fit this way! But I still love your idea! Maybe I can make a dress like this one day!!!

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  11. I'm so sorry, the same thing happened to me. I used a fav fabric and didn't think I'd have to make a muslin for something like this and the bodice was too small and the shoulder 'straps' very narrow. I feel your frustration. I ended up cutting the bodice off and turning it into a darling ranges skirt which I've worn non stop!

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  12. I think it is still cute! I would wear it with a camisole inside when the neckline is too wide. Or perhaps add a lace insert around the V line, so that it looks like you are laying the pieces, but in fact it's just an insert?

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    1. Thanks for your suggestion Chie!...I tried this one, too...but the neckline was not only too low, but also too broad from left to right, thus I came up with something else. Hope to show you soon! <3

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  13. oh it's GORGEOUS. i was going to suggest exactly what chie did, a lace insert. you could underline the lace, and even cut around the pattern of the lace to create a scalloped edge (like the hem of the black lace dress i did?) but i wouldn't change the nanilro neckline one bit (in fact i'm pinning it because i want to copy it!) beautiful!!!

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    1. Aaaah, you are so sweet Oona! Actually, I was on my way hating this dress! ;)...but if you even pinned it, there still must be some hope for it, I thought! Will come up with the result soon!!!

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  14. I can't tell on the hanger which part of the neckline is too wide. Maybe making a little dickie type piece that fit in like a triangle to give the appearance of a camisole without the added bulk? It would cover the decolletage area and maybe even trim it at the top with a little lace.

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  15. Hello! Lovely dress and very nice patterned fabric! I like the previous ideas adding lace (minimal pattern and creme/beige colour) and i also like the idea of adding another button.

    The lace would probably make it more interesting even..

    Please make an update post about that dress, really exciting to find out what is the outcome and what you desided to do :)

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    1. Thanks for your input K! I will come up with an update post very soon!!!

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  16. I would certainly sew another neckline into the one you already have. At this point you just want to be able to get some use out of this darling dress. I'd do contrasting if you want it the area to stand out or the same fabric if you don't want to draw attention to it. I might even do a ruffle around the neckline.

    Or maybe this dress could be a giveaway, I'm if it that's an option. :)

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    1. Hihihi, you are so cute Rachel! ;)...I still have some NaniIro fabric left...I think I will make a giveway out of that! :D

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  17. What others have already said was my first instinct as well ... a lace inset would be really nice, or wear it with a cami top - this print would look so nice with an ivory lace :)

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    1. I went for sewn inside neckline in ivory! ;) Thanks for your input Symon!

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  18. I totally get the frustration feeling and trying to save a project with a heavy heart :) I wouldn't bother sewing another neckline.
    What I would do was to add (hmm how can I put it in writing correctly...) a short tube top - like addition to the bodice front - preferably using a contrast color. For my taste, lace could be a little overwhelming ..
    in any case, I hope you'll enjoy the outcome! :)

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    1. I had the same feeling with lace because of the extremely floral pattern. Thanks for feeling with me about problematic projects! ;)

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  19. I like the cami suggestions as well. Beautiful fabric and makes the pattern so much prettier than it is in a denim or solid as I've seen elsewhere. Was thinking of buying the pattern, so I appreciate your blogging your problem. I'll see what others have experienced and be careful with my muslin! thanks and hope this works out.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Coco! Definitely make a muslin! For such a lovely pattern it is definitely worth it!

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  20. Oh no! I've had this happen to me too! I once cut a dress in two I got so fed up with how it looked on me. I agree that a camisole underneath would be a good solution, but you could also turn it into a skirt. Maybe even add a ruffle at the bottom. Just a suggestions. Good luck!

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    1. Oh no Madalynne! You really did that!?...Luckily, all these comments gave me enough patience and motivation to try again. I will show you the result soon! Thanks so much for your suggestions!

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  21. Love the fabric! I would do a contrasting insert (probably cream) with a bit of lace detail and I would also add a tiny lace trim along the bottom to tie it all together and so it looks like the contrasting neckline was intentional from the start. I hope you work something out!

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    1. Thanks Lauralynn! Will show you soon! :)

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  22. Oh, Nette, this is so beautiful! I would just wear it with black t-shirt or camisole underneath and call it a day! :D haha

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    1. Hahaha, you are so cute Janul! I tried that, but it still looked misfitted, unfortunately! Will show you the new neckline soon!

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