15 hours ago
Saturday, October 5, 2013
One project finished, another one started
Cooler weather is just around the corner. Even though this is just one layer of wool with one layer of Bemberg lining, it's warm.
I feel bad for not having many wonderful pictures of this subtle garment to show you. Here's one more that wasn't too bad.
In other news, today I cut out a dress! It's Vogue 1183, a pattern I purchased and muslined three whole years ago (click to see my muslin and read about the first round of pattern adjustments).
Originally, I wasn't satisfied with the fit, and that's why I set it aside. It was too tight, too short, and (even though I'm hardly busty) the bodice didn't seem big enough. Plus there was some strange pulling where the bodice front pieces overlap and attach to the midriff piece, and the front skirt was too long and pooched out. Checking the reviews for this dress on PatternReview, I notice that almost everyone had bodice issues, and many chose to sew through all layers at the bodice overlap to prevent it from gaping open.
Trying on the ancient muslin again today (after losing a few inches in the hips) it fits a lot better and I felt it was time to tackle the structural problems.
I made some more changes to the pattern today, including lengthening the front bodice pieces slightly, taking in the princess seams at the bust, just above the midriff, and narrowing the midriff to match. I also took some length out of the skirt front below the midriff piece. And I added 4 cm at the hem because the unhemmed length seemed about where I would want the finished skirt to land.
I'm using some gorgeous light suiting purchased many years ago on a flying trip to The Wool House in Toronto. If I remember correctly, it's wool and cashmere, and it's light as a feather. Because I want a bit more weight to this dress without stiffening it even slightly, I'm going to underline the wool with a soft cotton shirting, and I will line the dress with Bemberg. All from stash. I even had the right thread colour in my extensive collection. Stay tuned.