Not many of my real, live friends know that I have a blog. One of the reasons is that I don't want to admit to real people that I stand about on a winter's night wrapping myself in fabric and looking in the mirror. However, I'm guessing that if you are reading my blog, then this won't seem like such a strange thing to do.
Last night I needed some sewing therapy, but for various reasons I won't admit, my sewing machine was out of action, so I returned to a project (literally, picked it up off the floor of my sewing room) that I started months ago. One of my sewing frustrations is that fabric that looks fabulous wrapped about me doesn't always look so good when it is made up into clothing. I think it is a fitting thing, but I can get better drape holding fabric then sewing a pattern (same thing for hair...why can't bobby pins do what my fingers can do?). So I thought I would drape a pattern on myself. No mean feat, but those ballet classes are paying off with increased flexibility!
Now did I say that there would be no more hazy-in-the-mirror shots? Bah, humbug!
This is going to be my base pattern for sundresses this coming summer. It is an a-line shift with french darts. I love french darts and use them in most of my self-drafted patterns. It looks pretty plain in muslin, but don't think "plain", think "clean lines". I'm thinking cool, crisp cottons, probably with retro detailing. I might even sew up a strapless version.
I wish I had taken a better photo of the side view before I took all the pins out, because it is hard to tell if the side seam hangs straight. I may use a shaped centre back seam rather than just rely on darts.