Thursday, June 07, 2007
It's Finally Finished
WHEW!!! It took me long enough didn't it?? I started this over a month ago I think, yes I remember it was my intention to wear it to my anniversary dinner and that was one month ago today (we still haven't had a chance to go celebrate). This is, of course,
Butterick 4914. I cut this out so long ago that I'd originally cut out sleeves but of course now it's too hot and I'd like to wear it now. It's good for going out to dinner, I think.
I really like the dress but if you notice, I'm standing all weird, well that's because if the skirt isn't flared out like that, I look like a big rectangle with boobs (see bottom photo). I obviously changed it around a bit, I had to do an FBA, much like the one I did on Butterick 5001 but this pattern doesn't have two separate front bodice pieces, just one cut twice so I only had to do the one but I did check it on both sides by doing the tissue fit on faux melody. I changed the sleeves to sleeveless. I used some leftover fabric to bind the armholes so they look nice and finished. I used the coverstitch on the neckline and btw the back neck seems a little big but who cares? I also did something that I thought was soooo clever but didn't work out as well as I'd hoped. This pattern calls for a stay under the ruched portion of the bodice and me thinking ahead ordered some powernet (girdle fabric from The Fabric Depot ) and made the stay out of that. The first draft of the dress is this:
(see big booby rectangle)
I don't know if you can tell from the photo but the waist is just saggy and droopy, no cute ruching and certainly no "girdly cinchiness" I don't think it worked at all. I also had to seam the ruching section because I'd completely sold out of this fabric (yes this came from my store ) by the time I'd settled on what I wanted for that section (I'd orignally though solid brown). I took four (!) inches out of the waist section and now I think it does what it's supposed to. The ruching sort of spread out and took up the necessary space without drooping and the girdle fabric holds me in a bit but if I'm not careful about my posture and poking my stomach out I do tend to take on some sausage characteristics. I just means more walks and less food, I'm glad it's summer.
OOOOH and I forgot to add, the tool shed at my parents house was broken into today and it's literally 4 blocks from the police station.