I interrupted my Craftsy / Suzy Furrer drafting schedule to draft an easy pull-on tank dress for summer. When I went to Lincraft to pick up some more calico for muslins, I saw this pretty rayon at half price and decided to skip the muslin for this draft and use it instead. I was confident enough of getting something wearable on the first draft.
When I was drafting this dress, I was heavily influenced by the tank dresses in the Built by Wendy Spring '10 collection. They have narrow straps and very low scooped out neckline. I don't think I scooped mine quite enough. Now that I look back, hers is almost squarish. I ended up binding so that my raw edge was the garment edge, because I thought my neckline was as low as I wished to go during a mid-sew try-on.
I did not add any length to the bodice for blousing (the built by wendy versions are quite sleek, even though the waist is gathered), but I did find when wearing it that my waist seam would creep up above the belt during the day. I will add a little blousing / wearing length here next time.
Initially, I was going to draft a straight skirt. The built by wendy model is a wee, young thing and I am not such a wee, young thing anymore and decided at the last moment to go with a fuller, longer A-line skirt. This makes it more every day wearable rather than worry about flashing my knickers as I go about all the bending and moving about that is required in my normal daily schedule.
Of course, wearable is not the same as perfect. I would like to make the following changes to my next draft.
- raise neckline and armholes by 6 mm, so that I can turn the binding to the inside
- change French dart to a side dart, as it all seems a bit droopy in the rayon
- take in the side seams under the arm a little, again because of the droopiness of the rayon
- reduce the amount of flare in the A-line skirt portion
- add 15 mm bodice length for blousing
- Scoop the curve on the front neckline a little more?
So, quite a few changes, but I am happy to wear this dress in the meantime.