I finally finished it! But boy do I understand UFO’s now. If you don’t finish it right away, it is likely to languish for an indeterminate amount of time. It’s not that you don’t love it anymore. It’s just about lost momentum. If I hadn’t decided to enter this dress into the Pattern Review/ASE Natural Fibers Contest, I might not have finished this dress for a long time.
Without further ado, some pictures courtesy of my sister, Meredith. Although there was a lot of pushing and biting during the photo shoot (our kids, not my sister and me), we managed to get a few shots worth posting. One note about the pictures first, though, if you will indulge me: I could not get the head on picture to look flattering no matter how I stood. Trust me when I say that it is much more flattering in person. Not sure why it looks the way it does. My sister, a kind soul, said it was the lens she was using.
No, I did not put in the hook and eye yet. I hate sewing those on. But I will. Maybe… Someday… Maybe… Oh wait, I’m submitting this for a contest. Ok. I will. *shrugging resignedly*
With this version of B5147, I made the following changes:
- increased the bust dart, at the bottom of it only, by about 1 cm, thereby taking out some (but unfortunately not all) of the drag line that points to the bust area. Partial success. May increase the dart more on the next version.
- I staystitched both the neck and armscye area on both the lining and silk to maintain the shape integrity. Success!
- hemmed the lining before finishing the slit lining for a cleaner finish. Me likey!
- zig zag finished the silk hem allowance. I thought serging it would be too bulky and show through whenever the dress is pressed. I thought I would hate the zig zag finish and that it would be inadequate for this fabric, but was pleasantly surprised how well it worked and looked. An oldie but a goodie method!
- Again, I hand stitched the hem. I was worried that even hand stitching would show on this silk twill, but, again, I was pleasantly surprised that it did not. Yeah!
Some interior pictures…
Now that I have made 3 iterations of this dress (including the muslin), I have some doubts as to it’s viability in my TNT project. And in case you are wondering at this point, yes, I am very picky.
Here are my thoughts:
- even if I adjust the bust dart, I think the shape of the shoulder straps/armscye is wrong for me. It needs to be a thinner strap on the outside (meaning closest to the arm rather than the body) and/or the armscye needs to be cut in (closer to the body) a bit more. The shapelessness in that area makes me look larger than I am.
- the neckline, while being very comfortable for me, is probably not as flattering as it could be. A V-neck is much more flattering to C-cups and larger as it does away with the “bag o’ boobs” look.
Can I change these things myself? Maybe. But, as I have already found out, sometimes you have no idea how a change in one area might affect another completely different area. And I really don’t want to experiment for months on end. I’d rather just try to find a sheath dress with the elements I now know that I want and muslin it for personal fit from there.
What’s next? I have some baby stuff to make, a dress for my cousin’s wedding, and fall coat. That’s a lot to accomplish in August, but I gotta try!
Wish me luck!