Making this dress fit well has proved to be a major undertaking. It’s enough to make me take out the well-fitting sun dress pattern I have used 20+ times and make something just so I can sew a quicker project.
But I am learning…I think.
I can definitely see an improvement and after 4 muslins I have gotten rid of all the droopy excess fabric from above the bust/near the neckline.
Btw those are badly sewn darts on the left.
I am not even going to worry about the position of the darts…thats for another life when I am perfect.
What else needs to be done on this **^&#$^ thing?
- The neckline needs to be lowered. Will be more flattering and I will be able to breath properly.
- I need to re-draft a collar for the lowered neckline. I have already done this once, when I removed the excess fabric. See how different the collars on the left and right pictures look? I like the original collar (left picture) better so I want the shape to be more like that.
- Lengthen the around the armhole. The shape of pattern has changed due to removing excess fabric bellow neckline like the original arm-holey length better (there is no sleeve so I don’t know what to say in order to describe the area).
- Shorten skirt to desired length. I probably wont bother with a pleat. hmmm more decisions.
- There is excess near the waist…perhaps that is not a bad thing. Anyone who has eaten a big meal in a fitted dress knows what I am talking about! Plus if I take out some ease in the waist I will have the fun task of altering the entire skirt portion of the dress oh so slightly. ummm.. NO. that wont happen! So I will take in a slither just under the lower bust.
- Even after altering the back I have a LOT of excess fabric near the back neckline. How to fix? Still unsure.
Oh god this is pretty frikken tedious! I think I am going to go do something non-sewing related like vacuum, dust or cleaning the house. Yes that actually sounds like more fun.
No seriously. I am learning. I do like learning about these things but the process is soooo slow! Either I have a messed up body or Burda patterns are not as well-fitting patterns as I thought. It’s probably a bit of both.