This dress looks pretty much exactly how I imagined it when I first brought this fabric from Sp...4:57:00 p.m.
This dress looks pretty much exactly how I imagined it when I first brought this fabric from Spotlight.
I made a size 12, grading out to a 14 in the waist and hips, which according to the pattern envelope I needed to do, however I ended up taking it in again when sewing up the side seams so I should have cut a straight size 12.
Like a few other ladies who made this dress I needed to take a wedge out of the centre front as the muslin gaped a fair bit. I also did my standard sloping and narrow shoulder adjustment but I didn't need to do my usual sway back adjustment so that was good. I did need to take it in a bit at the back seam when sewing the zipper, I needed a full 1" seam, but that is such an easy adjustment.
I underlined the skirt and lined the bodice, both of which I love. The underlining makes the skirt sit really well without a petticoat needed.
I squeezed this dress out of 2.5 metres so didn't really have any spare for much pattern matching, but I did manage to get the back bodice reasonably matched. The back skirt actually looks OK despite no attempt at all to pattern much, I think I just got lucky there.
The only problem is that this fabric has a terrible dye job, the colour run the first time I washed it but I didn't notice (sewing in bad light at night) until I was well underway. The first time I wash the finished dress I will be using a colour-run fixer-uper-er and holding my breath!!
Other stuff: on the inside I catch stitched the hem to the underlining and love the effect. It looks like a cross-stitch/decorative stitch and was really fun to sew.
All in all, a total winner (aside from the disappointing fabric, which I am hoping to fix). The side seams are the last to be sewn and this makes this dress really easy to take in in case of weight/size changes (on a bit of a health kick at the moment). The diagonal darts at the bodice front are also really cool and the pleats on the skirt are flattering. I did find that absolutely accuracy was needed to get both the darts and the pleats looking good. In the photo's I have already been wearing the dress all morning so they held up well after sitting, standing and otherwise being crawled over by toddler (and yes, I was wearing those shoes and my feet were totally killing me).