Well I have a day dress. I’ve only ever had one day dress before so this is a new experience for me. And while it isn’t perfect, I like it. Unfortunately, I don’t have any good photos of completed dress:).
So here it is
Looking at the photos, I actually think it may be a little big. I am sooo afraid of making things too small that I think I err on the side of making them too big. What do you think? Too big?
I cut a straight size 18 but I increased the size of the neckline, which also meant I didn’t need any kind of closure (although that wasn’t why I did it). And I won’t do it the same again. I will still increase the neckline slightly but not this much. I also think it has affected the hang of the dress plus it has reduced the visual impact of the upper bodice pieces which in turn affects the proportions of the colour block. Especially since I added the extra length (sorry can’t remember exactly how much) to the lower piece. I should have spread the increase proportionally over all pieces. This will also lower the bust darts, which it needs.
It has a CB seam from the original maxi skirt I used. I had wanted to make the ‘stripe’ of the fabric vertical but there was a faded fold mark in all the wrong places. Hence, keeping the CB seam which also has a tendency to buckle a bit because it is quite thick.
I also think the colour choice for the lower piece is wrong. Either a darker grey or a dark blue would have been better I think. It would have anchored the bottom better.
I also did a completely incorrect forward shoulder adjustment. Instead of starting it at the seam line, I started it at the fabric edge. This completely threw it out.
But it is really well finished (which I of course didn’t photograph). It has flat felled seams everywhere.
So adjustments I made;
- Shorten bust dart (2cm)
- Increase neckline size (about 1.5cm at shoulder to 3cm at front)
- Forward shoulder adjustment (2cm)
- Increased length
What I will do next time;
- Increase neckline but not as much (1.5cm all round)
- Correct forward shoulder adjustment
- Increase length on all pieces (this will also lower bust dart)
And maybe if I’m feeling brave I’ll cut a size 16 instead, which of course will probably then need a different set of adjustments.
I am actually in the process of making another one already but this one is for my sister. She chose this fabric