Before getting my hands on the pattern envelope I had not realized that it is designed as a tank dress with applied layers, so that it is at least two layers of your fashion fabric everywhere.
The fabric I intend to use is striped but has a bit of a puckered texture that would undermine the intended rather sleek look of this dress.
So, I went stash-diving, looking for a smooth and stretchy fabric. And I came up with power mesh.
Now, don't laugh too hard, people. It's smooth and stretchy, will not show through, and will be a distinctly firm base for this sleek dress. Might, in fact, help keep it sleek, if you get my drift. It will not curl at the hem. And it's not hot to wear either.
I cut based on my body measurements i.e. 10 at bust, 12 below, and added very generous seam allowances. Then I sewed it up and tried it on (inside out so I could fix the seams).
This is after I unpicked the side seams at bust level and scootched the front pieces inwards to give myself about 2cm more width. I think I need a couple more.
I also sewed it in about 2cm at each side through the ribs to high hip. I might sew myself a bit more room at the hip to keep it a bit looser than skin tight.
The front neck was gapping very noticeably so I sewed a dart that is approximately 1cm at the top.
I am, however, sewing a horizontal fisheye dart at the waist. If you embiggen the photo at left you will be able to pick it out. My goal is to remove just some of the excess. My first attempt was a total of 2cm at CB but it wasn't enough. Now I've taken out at least 3.5. And there is still wrinkling, but no more than on the pencil shaped lady.
And finally, I shortened it so it is somewhere between the mini of View A and the dowdy of View B.
I will now modify the base and shingles accordingly, hoping that the more forgiving stretch of my fashion fabric won't be a hopeless mismatch with my chosen base. See you on the other side.