It's time for another installment in Sewing for Mother of the Bride!
I had a bit of a moment when I tried on this muslin of Marfy 3619. Even in this raw state, the dress feels beautiful- just the feeling you hope for when sewing for a special occasion. Now that I have this option, my first idea (the column dress) is fading fast. I like this dress better!
It definitely needs tweaks, but I have never (I mean NEVER) sewn something straight out of the envelope and had it come this close to fitting well. This is what I usually get after measuring and altering pattern pieces before sewing the first muslin. Forgive me, but I am a little emotional at the moment! I am 5'9" (175cm) and I carry most of my height above the base of my armscye. It just surprises me to get a decent fit right away - does this mean that medium height people have to alter Marfy patterns? Is Marfy difficult for petites? I'd love to know -
|I'll shorten the back waist-neck length and narrow the back a bit under the shoulder blades. |
There are shoulder pads in place, by the way.
It surprised me to find that the front bodice isn't cut on the bias. I think that might work well, so I'll try it on my next muslin. With a little more give from bias cut fabric, I might not need an FBA. Then I'll tackle the sleeves. I will be using shoulder pads - that is one of the attractions of this pattern. I'd like to create a strong shoulder line with shoulder pads and perhaps embellishment on the shoulders.
So ... about the fabric ....
New York City isn't that far from me, and there are stores there with ultra amazing fabrics. I am talking about places like Mendel Goldberg and B&J Fabrics. The embellished tulle I bought in January is really nice ... but ... I could save it for a future project, too, couldn't I? Of course I could! We'll see how that shakes out.
In the meantime, I will get this pattern fitted. The first step in fitting, for me, is to take photos. I have 43 photos of me in this dress from every angle. I'll study them and then start the process which involves a lot of trying on, taking photos, taking it off and making the next tweak. I don't like to change too many things at once, so it is time-consuming. I can do it, but I am considering setting up a lesson or two with Susan Khalje. You only live once!
I also got the pattern for a matching jacket. I like it, but I am not even sure if I really need a jacket, you know? Maybe the dress will be awesome enough on its own.
Here is the jacket:
I am not sure if I mentioned this, but the main reason I thought about wearing a long dress was to hide my feet in case I needed to wear unattractive shoes. I had been struggling for many months with foot pain and after seeing a podiatrist, I went in another direction and tried acupuncture. I am delighted to report that I am completely pain free in my feet now. I don't know how it works, but I love acupuncture.
OK, off to make use of what remains of this weekend. I'll be back when there is progress to report.
Thanks for checking in on me & Happy Sewing!