I didn't actually muslin the skirt after I drafted it and it is not as sticky out a-line as I was expecting. The dress also ended up a little closer fitting than I expected. Theoretically, I have included about 4 cm of ease at the waist, bust and hips, but it doesn't feel like it.
The fabric is a cotton drill from Tessuti. I wish I had cut it so that less of the green colour was near my face, but I wasn't really thinking about it when I was cutting.
This drafting exercise was about drafting a neckline with corners...I think I have hit my corners pretty sharply! I don't have a necklace that works very well with this neckline though.
The back neckline also has corners. I got carried away and added corners to the back armhole as well. I used an invisible zip. I would have preferred a lapped zipper for this design, but I didn't have a normal zipper the right colour and length and I don't have good quality zips available to me locally. I recently bought a new sewing machine (more on that in a later post) and the invisible zip foot that came with it works pretty well, which I am happy about.
Now that I have made 4 dresses as part of the course, as well as a Burda dress that I also have not shown you, and an emergency dress for my daughter, I am getting quicker at making dresses. For this one, I drafted the bodice and made up a muslin in one short "school day" and drafted the skirt, cut out and sewed the dress on a second "school day". Admittedly, it is not a complicated dress. I am trying to put aside one school day a week to work on the drafting course, which should equate to drafting and sewing a pattern every 2 weeks. However, family stuff gets in the way and there are always other things to do on my drafting day...looking back, it has taken 16 weeks to make the last 3 dresses instead of the planned 6 weeks. Still, I am excited that I can finally make fitted dresses that do fit....feels like I have achieved a very big item on my sewing bucket list...one that I was worried would forever elude me.
Do you have a sewing bucket list? For the big stuff, not the every season want-to-sew stuff? What's on your list?