I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is one of my most satisfying makes of recent months. It's real design people! Have a look:
I love how the bodice lines work, they really accentuate the bust line nicely. The knot is subtle and chic (and very vintage appropriate) and the cutout is just a tad sexy. Love it! The neckline also came out really nicely. The front neckline has the tiniest scoop in it that I think is more flattering than a straight line. The back neckline is my favorite - a shallow, wide scoop. All in all I'm really, really happy with this dress.
Scroll down to the see the pattern pieces in last week's entry.
|There is lots of layers to this dress... silk organza on the bodice pieces and the facings have "fancy" fusible on them. The dress is fully lined with an invisible zipper. The lining is sewn onto the zipper tape to make a more professional finish.|
|Vented skirt. No, I did not finish the lining properly. Don't tell.|
So, the takeaway is that Pattern Magic doesn't have to be terrifying. Start with an easy design and a well-fitting bodice and just have fun. Don't get to undone if you can't figure out the instructions -- play with it. Experiment, scrunch up and throw away a few drafts. It will be OK!
|There's a bit too much fabric here, it doesn't bother me in real life, still a better fit than any RTW dress I've ever owned.|
|WE've all been there, am I right??|
There are some imperfections and flaws. Next time I will do the knot differently to make it even more pronounced. The waist is a tad too -high (something I actually know about with this pattern, I just have never bothered to make that adjustment for some reason). But I really like this dress. The silk has been sitting in various stashes for almost 50 years. It's time to take it out for a party!
|I finally turned our gun room into a sewing room / office! Now for the real makeover.|