I'm still looking for my perfect evening (but not "After 5/Evening, just going-out-to-dinner evening) dress. Something that just feels right, with no bra complications. I don't feel right in a sexy, clingy, jersey dress, I don't look good in a sheath and all my other attempts seem a bit too prim. After much trawling of my favourite fashion sites, I think this DVF dress has potential (photo from www.dvf.com).
Next step was fitting changes to the pattern. You know that feeling when you want something so bad, but don't know how to get it. Well, that's how I feel every time I look at a dress pattern. I need so many fitting changes to make a dress that the fear of starting is almost insurmountable. I looked at a lot of diagrams in my fitting book "Fitting & Pattern Alteration" by Leichty, Rasband and Pottberg-Steineckert. Then I traced the pattern bodice, because it will be almost unrecognisable by the time I am done with it, and took to it with pen and scissors.
Here is the result.
If anybody has alterations to suggest, now would be a good time to speak up!
Fitting changes before the muslin included
- taking 3 cm length out of the bodice
- square shoulder alteration, using the seam method
- forward shoulder alteration, using the seam method, which shifts the seam back to the centre of the arm after the shoulder point
- increased width at the waist on both the bodice and skirt
- shaping the waist seam on the skirt to allow extra length over the hips and bum
- removing 10cm length from the bront of the skirt and 7 cm from the back (not sure why there was so much difference from front to back...I'll need to check this before I cut)
I'm surprised at the length changes, given that I am 167 cm tall, which is only 1 cm shorter than the height given on pattern measurement charts.
After making the muslin, I will probably do the following fitting changes
- narrow chest alteration
- I need to adress the pulling wrinkles at the front of the shoulder bone, but I am not sure how to do this...perhaps increase the square shoulder on the front bodice but not the back bodice?
- increase the width of the kimono sleeve. I lost some width with the other fitting alterations, but I need to put this back.
- increase the length of the sleeve and add a sleeve band, to give more of a slouchy look and less of the eighties' drop-shoulder look.
Then comes the fun bit...choosing fabric. At the moment I am thinking of this silk/rayon burnout from Tessuti, although it will need a slip underneath.