I'm SO MAD at myself I almost can't type this! I have searched high and low and I can't find one half of the skirt back, which I know I cut out. So I've come to the only logical conclusion I can come up with and it's that I cut one of the pocket lining pieces from that skirt piece. I've never done this before, so I guess it was my turn. Arghhhhh! So much for taking the dress on my trip.
I immediately checked Gorgeous Fabrics to see if Ann had any of this fabric left, which she did. And then I spent an hour debating whether I was willing to put another $20 into this dress (fabric + shipping). Part of the reason for my internal debate is that buying more fabric will bring the dress total to over $60, but mostly I debated because there are fitting issues that could've been sussed out in an ACTUAL muslin, but I was too lazy to make one. Did you
I finally caved and decided to buy the additional fabric. Ann is generously holding it for me until after I get back from my trip so I can buy more to justify the shipping. What? That's a good excuse, isn't it?
While the dress is in limbo, I'll go over some of the potential problems I encountered. Every one of these could have been caught if I had made the muslin Trudy so strongly suggested in the YouTube video for this pattern. In other words, it's not the pattern's fault, it's mine.
First, as Linda warned in the comments yesterday, the vee neckline is *very* low. Think Burda plunge. Because I can't sew the skirt on yet, I'm not sure if this is going to be bra-baring low on me. If it is, you will either see a fabric flower at the cleavage or I'll add something (neckband, modesty panel, binding, trim, something).
Next, the front facing looks like it might want to roll outward. I'm pretty sure once the skirt is attached, that will weigh things down and it will be fine — especially since it was improved with me just pinning the front skirt piece on. I gotta say I'm not a fan of facings, though, especially in knits, which this fabric is. When I make this dress again, I'm going to have to rethink the facings.
Overall, it's simply too big at the neckline. I cut a straight 18 with no adjustments. I should have gone way, way, WAY smaller in the neckline. Again, a muslin would've alerted me to this. I will fix it on this dress by just taking a deeper seam at the CB neck …
… this much deeper:
I need to remember this about Hot Patterns necklines and me because I've run into this before.
Lastly, it's going to be too short for my preference. The pattern states "knee length" and it is. I had already added one inch but I don't think that will be enough. I think I'm going to use the leftover border from the print to add a band around the bottom.
|This is the skirt front just loosely pinned in place.|
I need to work on the USMC purse this weekend, but I really want a new dress! I might just see if I can sneak in a quick TNT as a palate cleanser.
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