Back of formal dress

twerkemaFebruary 6, 2013

I've been googling up a storm to try and find out what the back panel of a long formal gown is called and all I came up with is "godet" or "back panel." So, my first question is, does this piece have a special name?

Second, I'm placing in a panel into a mermaid shaped gown. It is long and will train on the floor for a few inches. I've seen dresses in stores doing this a variety of ways but can't find good instructions for this. For example, some appear over the seam, some under the seam, some are gathered, some aren't. Any advice or ideas are appreciated.


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Annie Deighnaugh

Do you mean like this?
I think it is called a godet.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 9:06AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

If you look at the pattern linked below, it looks like they seam the back of the dress and then add the godets as triangular shaped pieces of fabric that gets sewn into the seam for the added fullness.

Here is a link that might be useful: Dress with Godets pattern

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 9:10AM
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So sorry for the delay! I kept waiting for an email that i received a reply but never got one so I didn't check the forum.

That dress (red one) is exactly what I mean. In the photo you posted, it looks like it's pinched or something above the surround material. I'm not sure the best method to do that to make sure the train falls above the material and not below.

Also, any idea if they line or poof up this part of the dress to give it body?

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 12:22PM
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For anyone else with similar questions, I ended up doing slight gathering at the top of the train shape before sewing it in. This created some additional draping from the top of the godet. I also hand sewed a couple of stiches about half an inch from the top of the godet where the godet joined both sides of the skirt (connected the two side seams together and forced the godet away from the body) to poof it out just a tiny bit. It's looking great.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 3:45PM
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Annie Deighnaugh a pic when it's done!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 9:08AM
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