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GFD Success and Lessons Learned

I now have a new gothic fitted dress. Yay!

And hey, chargirlgenius, I can even raise my arms in it! Whoot!

Things I have learned from my first GFD:


1. Read the instructions. Not because you are a kickass costumer in other centuries that means that you will automatically know how this one should be put together.

2. Stitch the gores before putting the gown together. It makes it easier. (See above.)

3. Do NOT bag line the bloody thing. It's a lot easier to fit when it's flat lined. Especially if you have lost a significant amount of weight since you first got it fitted.

4. If you are going to bag line it, do NOT line it only to the hips. That makes sense if you flat line it, but when it's bag lined it's a pain in the ass to get in and out of the bloody thing and then you have to spend extra time straighting out said lining. (I know that some folks prefer the bag-line-to-the-hip method, but I just found it uncomfortable.)

5. Remember to reinforce the inside of the bodice, where the eyelets will be, with a strip of silk or other sturdy material. The lining helps, but the strip reinforcement will give you a more solid and stronger line of eyelets. They will lie smoother too. And it's period.

And I think that's it. All things considered, the gown fits like gangbusters, especially for it being my first one. PLUS ballistabob went all hubba hubba when I tried it on.

As for the center of the bust line, the difference due to my lopsidedness in the real estate department is barely noticeable. And since I will be throwing a hood on top, you can't even tell.

It looks really good.

And now, back to the document from Hell. Must meet this deadline before I leave.

Belfebe out.



Jul. 29th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
I think I remember Mr. Ferrari! If his daughter is turning 40, then she would have been two years behind me (I'm turning 42 this year).
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
Me too! Dotty Lynn probably graduated in 1986, one year behind me. But I went to Lourdes.
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
And now things get really weird. My aunt Kris (on my mother's side) is married to a Dan McGann. Any relation?
Jul. 29th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
Not likely. I am the only child of an only child of an only child. To the best of my knowledge, I have no living relatives named McGann.

Unless his relative was a relative in "The Old Country"...
Jul. 29th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Hijacking the thread for a moment...
Wait! Did you know Dave Dalton and John Starr and Mike and John... damn. Can't remember their last names...

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