I spent most of May and June working on this dress. I made 2 muslins and the fit still isn't perfect.
I am looking for the 'perfect' shirt dress pattern. And I actually do own 2 different patterns labeled "The Perfect Shirt Dress", but they have darts and no waist seam and for some reason, I really wanted a waist seam.
|M6696 - Line Drawing|
KID, MD and Lynne asking them for help. See - the back was really, really blousy. In fact, I think I could still take a bit more out. The back waistband seems to dip down.
To take out the fullness, I actually just sliced an inch right off the center back pattern piece. Then I cut from the center back seam to the side seam and overlapped about 1". After that, I layered this bodice with the simplicity sheath dress bodice that fits so well and drew the back darts in. I still need to make the back bodice shorter - I am really, really short from my neck to my back waist. Don't believe me? My measurement is 15". Yea short there.
And now I'm going to show you the back. I wore this dress again today. The first time I wore it I felt like a pin I saw the other day. It went like this:
Mirror: You look good today!
Camera: Ummm, no.
Today, I realized that the back is too wide. Still. All the way through. You can see all the extra bunched up in the belt. The side seams hang straight - so the extra doesn't need to come out evenly around - it needs to come off the back. And the hem hangs even although the back waist dips down - so the bodice needs to be shorted and the extra added back to the center of the skirt - right?
I don't know if you can see it or not - but I cut the pockets from the border print. I wasn't going to get all the pieces if I didn't. And there two tiny little green leaves peeking out of the front bodice seam. The pockets are lined with white quilting cotton and I used the metal buttons with the white centers. I think they work.
So - although I'm not thrilled with it - I will make the pattern again. Using a different fabric that I don't care about so much to test the theories above before cutting into the New York Border Print.