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Today... / Re: Me again.Sunday. 19th May
« on: Today at 01:14:56 »
I'm still here! Just got into bed but can't sleep.

Today... / Re: Saturday May 18th
« on: Yesterday at 14:46:24 »
I'm home alone for most of the day. I really need to get the house cleaned up as it's looking horrible. I just spent some time washing out the sink and the windowsill (repotted my indoor-grown coriander to the garden, I hope it's warm enough!) and actually done a deep clean of the windowsill area too... and I'm pooped. It only took an hour but it's only one tiny area of the kitchen! I've got to do a lot more! And that's just one room!

Sometimes I do consider whether it's worth saving up and getting a cleaner to come round and assist me. Even if it's just a second pair of hands to get everything deeply cleaned and scrubbed.

Technical Help / Re: Maths for drafting a button front
« on: May 17, 2019, 17:12:15 PM »
Provided you overlap the 2 sides equally, the point of the V will be in the middle no matter how big the overlap.

This is the sort of logic reassurance I need. I've never been very good with conceptualising things like this and though my head told me it was correct I just felt like I'd somehow be wrong!

Technical Help / Re: Maths for drafting a button front
« on: May 17, 2019, 17:11:03 PM »
Does your pattern have a faux fold front where you can just work from there, or are your going to have to create the placket from the center front completely?

It has nothing except a CF seam:

I won't be adding the bottom ruffle.

I'm thinking the best option will be the slight overlap and drafting a facing so no additional button band. (I will face the skirt, I might fully line the top depending on how the fabric looks against skin). That seems to look best on V dresses I've seen. I'm not overly keen on the V coming to a big square buttonband (like my second example).

In the wardrobe / Re: Tilly Joni Dress
« on: May 17, 2019, 14:01:32 PM »
Thanks @Morzel I'll have a look (also you can post links with permission).

I'm pretty happy with the Lekala one. I am planning to make some adjustments to reduce the overall width of the neckline as it's too large for my narrow shoulders but the twist is very flattering.

Technical Help / Maths for drafting a button front
« on: May 17, 2019, 13:11:44 PM »
I need some help understanding the maths for how to add a button front. Bear with me when I say maths... doesn't necessarily mean numbers just positioning and understanding of where to add width and how much!

I've been looking at front button closures and it seems there are three ways of having front button-ups.

A) you have the two sides overlap. No button band, just buttons directly on the fabric with a front facing.

B) You add two button bands to the edges of the front pieces, reducing the width of the front pieces so that the front isn't too big. These bands then overlap each other.

C) You add small loops to the edge of one front piece and these catch buttons on the underpiece.

My query is about balance.

I need to add a button front closure to this pattern which currently has faux buttons and a back zip. Call me crazy, I have a weird hatred of "pointless" things that are meant to look like "working" things. Does that make sense? Dummy buttons drive me mad. I want them to work! So my plan was to close the back up and create the front as button-up instead.

The thing I can't get my head around is how you "balance" the front so that the centre of the button is in line with the centre of the dress. If you do an overlap on a V neck then the "point" of the V changes. I can't work out how much distance the overlap needs to be to achieve this. Does this make sense?

Going to see how my floral fits my friend when I see her next Friday. Though I really do love it, having had the evening to think it over I've decided that unless it fits me really perfectly, it'll rarely get grabbed from my wardrobe. It is still a little too big on the shoulders and the neckline a little too wide. If it fits her better than it fits me I know she'll wear it. So hopefully we'll get a nice modelled photo next weekend to submit (she's broken her ankle so it might be with a beautiful cast!)

Events / Re: Wowed by the Christian Dior exhibition at the V&A
« on: May 17, 2019, 11:02:20 AM »
I FINALLY got tickets  0_0 They just re-released some for June so I am going with my friend!

Mine is done. It's very far from perfect. Wonky sleeves, too low V and gaping back neck but it's almost so pretty I don't mind  0_0 not bad for a rescue job.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Re: ISO Lingerie Elastic
« on: May 16, 2019, 14:58:11 PM »
Yes I was after this. I used this one on my bras.

In the wardrobe / Re: Tilly Joni Dress
« on: May 16, 2019, 11:40:57 AM »
Haha no, I just remembered someone was looking for maternity dresses not long ago so thought I'd mention this here

In the wardrobe / Re: Tilly Joni Dress
« on: May 16, 2019, 10:13:12 AM »
@Francesca, this might help you:

Circle Skirt Calculator

Thanks, I've used this before I think. I just liked the last one as I knew it was the perfect length and fit the bodice perfectly too :(

In the wardrobe / Re: Tilly Joni Dress
« on: May 16, 2019, 09:57:29 AM »
If it ends up completely not fitting I'll give it to my friend. She is smaller than me but very broad shouldered so she should fill out the top.

I've got some leopard jersey that would be perfect for this and would be a SWAKOP piece. I definitely think it would be better with a full skirt (the Lekala skirt is sort of straight but the front is gathered in the middle for fullness. I think I suit a more half-circle type skirt). If only I could find my self-drafted jersey circle skirt as I love the dress I made so much and the skirt would be perfect to graft onto this bodice (I already have a princess seam bodice and a wrap bodice that I drafted to match the skirt, so it'd be a third bodice option!)

Oh and one thing I really like about this Lekala pattern: I think it would make an excellent maternity hack. It's a-line and straight on the back piece but the front is gathered towards the centre. All you'd need to do to make it a maternity dress is (possibly) increase the front gathers (you might not have to, haven't seen just how gathered it is yet) and increase the front length. After birth I actually think it'd work as a nursing dress as it goes down into that deep V, and you'd just need to cut the extended front skirt length off so the hem is even.

In the wardrobe / Re: Tilly Joni Dress
« on: May 15, 2019, 22:25:28 PM »
Good news: the hack has worked! I've managed to get the Lekala bodice on the Joni skirt and I LOVE it.

Bad news: Joni Dress 66" on the finished hip? My arse. No literally my arse. Too big. The skirt is going to be snug. Nor sure if unwearable or not yet but probably tight. Oh well. This has gone from being close to the bin so I'm happy enough of I can wear it at all.

The Lekala bodice was a total puzzle to put together with their unreadable directions but I got there and the result is fab. I'm in love with this twisty bodice. With a different skirt hacked on this could be a tried-and-true jersey dress.

I had to cut at the shoulder seams to remove about 4" of length as the neckline hung down to almost my bellybutton. Ridiculously long. I do have a short torso but I still think it's far too long. Can't be bothered to unpick the neckline right now so that's a job for tomorrow.

Once I've got the neckline back to complete it'll just be side seams and sleeves.

Bonus cat pic

Actually making progress! I would have had it done tonight if I hadn't needed to remove length from the shoulder straps.

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