I want a basic dress pattern so I am working on New Look 0563. This one has a few nice variations, doesn't it? I feel so Michelle Obama!
And here I am in our little front garden where we'll plant something - perhaps a camellia bush.
Here is a picture of a camellia bush:
I have been using up a bolt of drapery lining and it works really well for mock-ups. It is cheaper than muslin, too. The back really needs some work
And the armscye is way low.
I kinda messed up - the bottom of the bodice is a size 16 and the top of the skirt is a size 18. The darts don't line up like they should.
I am happy to get myself a dress pattern. I never had many dresses because of fit issues. Here are the paper adjustments I made:
Cut a size 18 to get the maximum height and width.
Starting at the top, cut the shoulders a size 10 and slope the front shoulder down by 1/2" or so.
Taper the shoulders to a 14 at the bottom of the armscye.
I added 5/8" height to the front bodice (horizontally throught the armscye) and I honestly don't know if that really helped me or not- I am a little puzzled still. The stitching line (the black line) is too low.
I also added about an inch to the back bodice and I am not too sure about that adjustment either.
Taper to a size 16 at the waist.
Taper to a size 18 for the skirt. I forgot to blend the bodice and skirt so that the darts would line up.
This is what I sewed today on my day off.
Now for the fun part, fitting. Now is when I wish I already had my Wolf form.
Yep, I am getting one.
I was thinking and thinking about my sewing education and this is my choice.
I will get the Wolf dress form this year, and next year I will take the draping class with Susan Khalje and Julien Christofoli. I am maybe pinching myself a bit and wondering, how did I get so lucky to do this? I am very grateful to have a hobby I love and the opportunity to learn this wonderful craft.
In the meantime, I have a lesson scheduled with Susan soon and this dress will be my project. If all goes as I hope, the next pictures here will depict a pinned out (fitted) version of this muslin.