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ModCloth favourite construction

I took a closer look at this modcloth dress I mentioned in the previous post:

Source: via Laura on Pinterest

Contrary to my previous post, I now believe it is made of two parts, rather than one:

Skirt: a simple drindl rectangle. To me, it looks like something less than 2x waist, maybe a 1.7? I'd try it in 1.7 when making this the first time.
Top: a simple shape, similar to the Sorbetto pattern without the front pleat.
Embellishment: I suspect this was actually embroidered directly on the fabric. I bought some trimming instead (see below).

How I would do it:
1. Modify Sorbetto pattern: remove pleat and make it shorter (I'd say it should hit 3cm below waist). Cut fabric as per pattern
2. Cut rectangle for the skirt, width 1.7 x waist x some decent length, proceed to shirr 9-10 lines/
3. Attach top to skirt

My problem: I had real trouble sewing necklines with knits in the past. I have no real ideas for this one, except perhaps twill tape? Actually, that should work, because the head opening is pretty big - probably worth modifying the pattern a bit more though.

I bought some trimmings today. They are two-shaded brown waves, on tulle (?) backing. This picture isn't very good unfortunately, the colours are off. I think I can attach the unmodified wave to the hem, and then trim the tulle away for the neckline.


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