I was digging through my stash and when I came across this fabric from who knows how long ago. I thought, there's enough here to muslin the Adelaide! I liked the blue roses and it seemed like a summery dress, what could go wrong....?
After looking at it a bit, I realized it would be too sheer to wear as is, so I decided to line it. No big deal. Since it's sleeveless, I would need to find a way to line it that would clean finish. No big deal.
Well, you know how it goes. First, the clean finish method I found worked like a charm, but because of the narrow straps took me nearly an hour to get the pieces turned through. An hour. This was after several hours of adjustments and muslining (probably not a word, but you know what I mean). *sigh*
So after fiddling with fit and fabric and finally getting it all sewing, then it sat for awhile as I couldn't find all the parts to my snap installer thingy. Finally, after way to long, I got this wrapped up.
Overall, the fit of this dress is pretty good. I give it B- in fit. For quality of construction I give it A-. But for fabric selection I give it C or maybe D. I feel like I'm clothed in drapery. This didn't occur to me until the first time I tried it on, so I don't know what I would have done differently.
This pattern was the first pattern I'd done an FBA on that didn't have a waist seam. I followed the Curvy Sewing Collective instructions here and got the front piece done, no problem. Then, when i tried to true it up to the back, it was all kinds of wonky. I knew it would pull really bad from the apex to the waist and it did. I split the difference between the pieces in half and added it to the back piece to get it lined up better. There's still some pulling, but it masquerades as needing more FBA room, which I don't think is true. (You can kind of see it in the above picture.) I'll keep practicing with this and see if I can figure out more of what I did wrong.
This doesn't wear all that comfortably. The snaps need to be closer together on me, so it gapes funny. It's nice for around the house or quick errands, but it's not good for any place I'll be sitting.
I'm not actually sure I'll make this again. I don't love how it fits on me and and I don't feel particularly awesome in it. It's OK and it's good to have a quick make (now that I got through this round) summer dress in my arsenal, but it won't be a go-to pattern.
Construction and Fit Notes
- Cut size 16
- 1.5" FBA
- Graded out at waist a smidge (technical term)
- Shortened 3/4" at back shoulder
- Shortened by 2"
- Added pockets
- Sewed side seams above pocket at 1/2"
- Sewed the bottom seam of the waist tie at 3/8"
- Sewed the armhole seams (for clean finish) at 3/8" to make more room for turning (I might always do this as it's just wide enough to cover my bra straps as it is.)
Things I'll Do Different
- Add more snaps. Due to all my fit fiddling, the snap marks weren't right anymore. I evened them out, but in the future, I'll add more. I might even go as close together as 4" and then add as many as I need to get down to the bottom. It gapes weird now.
- Raise the darts up 1.5" or so
- Remember to sew the side seam at 1/2" BEFORE putting the pockets in.
- I'm on the fence about the length. I shorten things by 2" by default as that's a good start. I like the length when looking at the front, but the back seems kind of short to me. Next time I may add some length back in.
- Sew the tie all at 3/8" seam. It seemed awfully narrow compared to the pictures at 5/8". I only didn't sew the whole thing that way because I was too lazy to pick all the stitches back out. 😀
- There's weird bunching where the bottom of the pocket meets the seam. Not sure why or if my pocket piece
It doesn't look at all like you are wearing drapery! All-in-all I like it very much though I think the straps are too narrow and should be widened to bring it in a bit at the neck. You are probably too young to have seen Carol Burnett's take on Scarlett O'Hara's dress made of draperies that she wore with the curtain rod at the shoulders. Well, it was funny then!
Thanks! And yes, I've seen that clip and I love it! "I just saw it hanging in the window there... " 😀 😀 😀
Hooray for sewing pants! Once you start sewing them, you realize they re not that scary ?? speaking of bravery, I need some of that before I attempt knitting socks ??