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Blue and white floral dress - wearable muslin

datcat23

Blue and white floral dress - wearable muslin
« on: February 09, 2019, 02:47:40 AM »
I decided that I wanted a simple, straight bodice dress.  While my self drafted shirt dress is lovely, I feel that something simpler is in order.  Not wanting to go through the whole drafting process again, I decided to give Bootstrap Fashion custom patterns a go.  I have one of their knit patterns, and it is a staple for winter tunics.

I went with the V-Neck Pleated Skirt Dress With Pockets, entering my measurements to get a custom fit pattern.  I am thick through the waist, big busted (and they are a bit low slung), petite, and short waisted.  I have found out the hard way, that while can measure others properly, I obviously don't measure myself the right way.  After deciding to not "leap in" with my good fabric and doing this muslin, I discovered that the waistline on this dress was as least 2 inches too big.  (see the pinned out extra width). 

Adjusted waist by Dani, on Flickr

That being said, I actually quite liked the fit across the shoulders, bust point and the back.  I decided on putting a 1in dart between the main dart and the side seam (pretty much where I pinned out the bulk).  Went back to the sewing room, laid out the dress, and proceeded to draw up and stitch in a basic dart ..... yep, in the back.  So, tried on, decided it could do with a bit more, so also put the darts into the front.  I have transferred these changes to the pattern, putting the extra dart on the front, but just increasing the main dart on the back.  I will have to adjust the skirt panels, but they are a straight rectangle, so shouldn't be a problem.  I used a dress zip, because I didn't have an invisible, but will do it properly next time. 

Finished bodice

Floral - muslin by Dani, on Flickr

Dress
Floral - muslin by Dani, on Flickr
The barefoot seamstress:  smelling vaguely of lavender and mothballs, and desperately craving chocolate.

Efemera

Re: Blue and white floral dress - wearable muslin
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2019, 09:03:46 AM »
That does look a good fit... nice summery fabric.

Manuela

Re: Blue and white floral dress - wearable muslin
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2019, 09:55:02 AM »
Lovely dress @datcat23, and an excellent fit - looking forward to the 'real' version  :)

Fiona M

Re: Blue and white floral dress - wearable muslin
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2019, 09:56:20 AM »
Beautiful dress, the fit looks perfect.