There Will Be Sewing
I have some fabric that is dying to be a garden party dress (never mind that I don’t attend garden parties), so I decided to do a muslin of New Look 6457. The dress I want to make is View A, the big photo:
I opted to make a muslin of the bodice first, since it is princess seamed and those are hard to fit on the small of boob. Here we go:
I have two qualms about the fit: first, there’s a bit of gaposis at the neckline. However, the gaping shows up on the pattern cover model as well so I suspect it’s just how the pattern is drafted. I don’t think it’s off by enough to try to fix it, and lining and stabilizing the fabric will help. The other issue is a bit more significant — the Hubs pin-fitted me into this bodice and he had to take a 3/4 inch seam at the top of the back, merging to 5/8″ and then 1/2″ at my lower back edge. When I fold up a hem at the bottom of the bodice, the fitting wrinkles disappear so I think this is the correct amount of ease. However, it means that I don’t have a lot of margin for error in inserting the zipper. I don’t have the patience to alter princess seams at the moment, so I’m torn between muslining another dress or pushing ahead with this one. I could also let out the side seams a little bit, and that might be the best option.
I’m also craving some schoolgirl pleated skirts, thanks to Battle Royale. I wouldn’t mind dressing like this all the time:
The skirts are comfortable and hey, sailor collars are cute. Of course, I have nothing in my copious stash that would work for this kind of outfit. Anybody got any spare ponte knit?