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:

Misses Dresses Just like that, except I plan to omit the piping trim around the edges.

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:

Fitted bodice without any alterations.

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?

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Posted on April 10, 2012, in sewing. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Oh. Right. A gap that’s part of the pattern. Wonderful. That being said I am very much looking forward to seeing what you come up with, cos I will learn loads. If it works its pretty dress, and I’m sure you’ll find somewhere to wear it. Hell, throw a damn garden party just because.

    PS do a school girl shooliform in purlple and black with queen and rose appliques…. The possibilities are endless.

    • That school uniform would make everybody’s eyes bleed, ha. And appliqués on an uniform? Tsk. Only if it’s the school crest.

      If the dress doesn’t kill me, I might throw a garden party just for that.

  2. I think it fits very well and is pretty.

    If you do the Japanese schoolgirl outfit, make sure you also wear the socks. That is a must. And pictures will be necessary.

  3. Fixing the gap isn’t too hard—just take a little tuck in the pattern on the side of the neck. It’s funny, I don’t find altering princess seams hard once I do it—just lop a bit off the curviest part of the side curve—but it always seems kind of intimidating beforehand.

    Up to you 😉 I don’t think it would take much to fix, but on the other hand I don’t think you have a shortage of patterns you’d like to try, either ;).

    • The gap is so slight, I decided that taking a tuck would result in over fitting. I’d literally have to take a 1/8 to 1/16th tuck — too small.

      Princess seams are weird to me because if I wear the right bra, they sometimes fit ok. So I never know how much to alter due to the bra question. More to the point, they are often visually flattening so the style itself is more of a problem than the fit.

  4. It is certainly sitting nicely at your shoulders. Is that the fabric you’re going to be using or just for the muslin?

  5. I’d run with it. Also, always nice to see the model have the same fit issues as the muslin- makes me feel less like I belong in a belltower.
    I must have a sailor collar now.

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