I call it the perfect storm dress because everything about the fit that could have gone wrong, did. And when I took pictures it was stormy outside. So it works. Anyway, I am not unaware of my fitting issues so I started out by making the necessary pattern adjustments before cutting.
|Don't mind me. I'm just being weird-waisted over here.|
On top of those adjustments I had a beast of a time getting the drape to work. The piece that comes down in the center was a piece of cake, but the stuff on the right and left sides that attach at the shoulder were...troublesome. In the fuzzy picture below you can see that it looks more like a floppy jacket than a fitted drape. I was not going for the floppy jacket look.
|My mom is also in the picture. She's just standing behind me. You can see her fuzzy arm over my elbow.|
I finished the hem of the dress the night before Easter. When I put the dress on for church I discovered that the length had shortened up quite a bit. I like my knees to be covered when I sit. They weren't. I spent the entire church meeting pulling on the hem and cursing myself for not double checking the fit on the length after pulling up the shoulders. There was no question about adding length. If I wanted to be comfortable in the dress it would need more length. I did that by adding two layers of pleated extension. I was trying to make it look like it was supposed to be there rather than an afterthought. The two rows of pleats go in opposite directions to give it a more custom touch that I hoped would look more like ready to wear.
|Not too shabby, though I still need to iron out the pin marks.|
|I love how the shape on the studs echo the design of the drape.|
So I'm super pleased with the final results. Everything fits where it should and I can now sit with my knees covered. Woohoo!
On another subject, have you noticed recently that pattern companies are posing their models in ridiculous and unflattering positions? My favorite was the Sumo Squat while leaned up against a window. Classy. Here's my interpretation.
|This totally makes you want to sew the pattern, doesn't it?|
|Talking to my children helped me perfect the "Whaaa...?"|