Sewing Retreat was wonderful as it always is. Last weekend - before I had any idea what I was going to work on at retreat, I ordered some fabric from Girl Charlee. I found it through Meg the Grand and then about a week later, Angie posted about Girl Charlee too.
The fabric that made me put more in my cart and hit purchase was this one:
One of the things I love most about going to sewing retreat is having others available to help you with fit. On both dresses I took cut and ready to sew - I was very lucky - they fit! The 'standard' alterations that I need were enough - sway back AND short back length.
For the first time in my life, I DID NOT add extra room through the hips. Both patterns had enough ease built in to accommodate my shape.
The changes I made to B5454 were as follows: added 1/2" to the front wrap so it was higher; made a 1 1/2" sway back adjustment at the shoulder, AND shortened the back by another inch; shortened the back box pleats and only sewed them down for 3" rather than the 4+" in the pattern, and added 6" to the skirt length!
I came home from 'sew camp' feeling pretty, like I knew what the heck I was doing with pattern and fabric and that my hips aren't nearly as big as I think they are! What a fabulous weekend. Dress photos soon.