Monday, February 8, 2010

Change of plans

Slightly changed my plans. I wanted to make 2 skirts in a row but I just hád to make the dress I had planned for quite some time now. And here is the result:

It was a quick project, very easy to make. I'm very pleased with it. It's just the kind of garment I like to see (a lot!!!) in my wardrobe.

One thing puzzled me though. I just don't get what they were thinking at KnipMode when they drafted this pattern.

I mean..can you believe this?
This dress has a seam just below the bust and in the back, both at the same height. When I wanted to sew the sideseams of the front- and backbodice together, I discovered that my backpiece was about 2,5 cm longer than the frontpiece. I hate nasty surprises like this and I knew I had been very careful when I traced them so I went back to the patternsheet to see what had happened.

What I should have done if I followed the instructions was this:
(when I talk about cutting here I mean the paper which I use to trace the patterns, not the fabric).
Cut the skirt and backbodice. Attach them to each other at the cutting-line so you have 1 patternpiece. Then cut through the backbodice 2,5 cm above the line where I attached the two pieces. OMG!!! Can you believe this?? Why not draft the skirt a few cm longer on top and the back bodice a few cm shorter! Same result and no hassle.
I had no choice than to cut off 2,5 cm of the fabric of the backpiece. Luckily it had no effect on the final result.

And that final result is great. Which is good. And that's what matters in the end, right?

The only detail in this dress is the collar. Here's a closer look:

It's a very subtle collar, but I think in this case it's a matter of 'less is more'.
If you look closely you can see the seam under the bust. It's just at the right height. I lenghtened the pattern a bit, as I normally do, and that did the trick.
Hardly to see (because it's hardly there) are the two gatherings under the bust to create some volume. This dress has no darts and the seam is only slightly curved.

 I didn't want the V-shaped neck to stretch too much so I used some small strips of interfacing to make sure that wouldn't happen. I didn't bother to cut them curved to fit the pattern. In the picture, the tracingpaper is still attached to the fabric (on the other side) which helped to keep the neckline in shape when I ironed the interfacing in place.

All in all, a very succesful and satisfying project.
Only one....uhmm...little problem. I'll be brutally honest about it:

Need I say more?
And I can't possibly be walking all day like this:

Oh well, if that's my biggest problem....
But fact is that I will have to find me something to shape up that belly before I will wear this dress. I just have a 'thing' about it. (In my mind it probably looks much bigger than it is in reality)
And until I do, I'll sew me some other clothes that aren't as snug-fitting as this dress.

Or, in other words:    skirt # 2, here I come!



KID, MD said...

Great dress! That is one of those put on and go sorts of dresses. I love that. I like it with the belt and I bet that camouflages any roundness that you might have, which I don't think is very apparent, but if you notice it, it will bother you.

Karima said...

Yes, this is a lovely and useful dress. I like that style too because you can dress them up or down and wear them anywhere. Anyway it's very nice. Look forward to more in the near future.

Eugenia said...

I hate it when patterns give you nasty little surprises like that! However, you overcame yours and the dress looks beautiful. It's a great style, I love that collar. And I really don't think you should worry about the tiny curve around the belly - that's how we're supposed to be shaped isn't it? You look great in the dress.

gwensews said...

Those pesky patterns! Good thing you figured it out! That's a very pretty dress. Enjoy wearing it!

Kathi said...

Too funny - grab some Spanx or similar type item and go for it with that belt slung down like you have it in the first picture! I like the dress. I wonder about making the front and back as one entire piece? I can't do empire styles like that - they just don't do much for me.