October 15, 2012
The first version of this dress is what I think Karen of Did You Make That? would call an 'ickle' print - or rather childish. But I wanted what I've started calling 'fake fabric*' in case my alterations didn't work out.
The only alterations I made to the pattern tissue was to shorten the back for both my sway back and my very short back waist. What I didn't do was shorten the front so the side seams matched. I thought I could create a fake full bust adjustment by just gathering the extra front into the side seams. It worked ok - but it's not perfect, there is a bunch of extra fabric under my arms at the side seams. I have adjusted that and have the next fabric ready to roll (or be cut).
As I said earlier - I added 2 inches to the skirt when I cut it out. but that wasn't enough. To hem this version, I cut a 3 1/2" band, folded it in half and added it to the bottom. It's just about the perfect length.
I wore this most of the day with a white cardigan. The sleeves look tight, but they are not and there was plenty of room to move. I was quite surprised by how well the pleated skirt laid over both my belly and my rear.
The best part of sew camp? Coming home feeling cute and not nearly as fat as I thought I was!
*Fake fabric - something old from the cupboard that would be alright to wear, but if it didn't work out wouldn't hurt my feelings at all. This time it worked out!