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Definite potential

2011 January 25
by elizabeth_admin

Is that phrase an oxymoron? 

I made some headway with my dress, S2337.  Here’s a pattern picture as a refresher.  I’m making the top right view.

Here are the changes I made:

  • I unpicked the facing from the shoulder seam and a few inches on either side.  I basted the shoulder seam 1 inch shorter (1 inch lower front and back, so is that two inches?)
  • I removed some of the curve from the hip side seam
  • I took in 5/8 on each side of the middle panel only (i.e., not from the side panels) for a total of 1-1/4 inches removed from the middle panel

And here’s where I stand now…

I am pretty happy with the dress now.  The unpicking wasn’t as traumatic as I thought it would be.  And the fitting changes I made really made a huge difference.  I think this dress will be really wearable once I finish it. 

My only remaining concern is that it’s still a little poofy in the stomach area.  In trading emails with Robin this morning, she thought it could be the pleats causing the poofiness.  She suggested that I make the darts a little longer to reduce the pouf.  I think that’s a great idea and I’m going to try it tonight.  Do you have any other suggestions???

I am still unclear as to whether I still need darts on the back neck or not.  It’s hard to tell if there is still gaping with the facing unattached.  With the neckline raised up one inch in front and back, it might not be an issue.  Not sure how to tell without sewing the facing on and then checking.  *sigh*  There could be more unpicking in my future. 

One more question….  On the princess seams for the upper bodice, I serged the SAs together and pressed them to side.  I am wondering now if I should have pressed them open?  I can still unpick the serging if I want to go that route.  I mean, I am an unpicking expert at this point.  And now I’m wondering how to handle those seams below the crossover.  I think pressing them open would be the way to go to reduce bulk showing on one side of the seam.  What do you think?

Oops, I lied, I have one more question again.  Do you think this dress is too distinctive to make again?  I love it so much, but wonder if one is enough in the work repertoire.  Can this be another TNT?

Happy sewing everyone!

16 Responses leave one →
  1. January 25, 2011

    Wow! The dress looks amazing now! It’s so flattering on you! I don’t think it looks too poofy in the stomach area. I like the ruching (pleats?) and think it gives the dress a very Marilyn Monroe feel. Very nice.

    I would definitely classify this as a TNT. I think it would look marvellous made up in red or a deep purple. Job well done!

  2. January 25, 2011

    It looks really good now! I would try what I said though to de-poof it a bit to improve it even more, though I don’t think it looks bad as it is. I feel so good that I was able to help diagnose the issues and propose a workable solution! I may be a bit of a short-cut sewer but I think I am pretty good at fitting adjustments if I do say so myself:)

  3. January 25, 2011

    I agree with Sarah, I think this could be a TNT in different colours and prints. I think it would look outstanding in red, especially with your skin tone and hair!

  4. Hatty permalink
    January 25, 2011

    It doesn’t look “poofy”, it looks draped. See: on draped styles and why you don’t want to take in draped styles too much…. (although ironically the presenter’s skirt is looking far too tight LOL.)

  5. January 25, 2011

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I don’t think the dress is too distinctive – it might look very different when made up in a lightwight printed cotton. I see flowers somehow. Must be the current fashion that gave me the idea 🙂
    I want to see the finished dress pretty soon, this much is understood I guess? ;-))

  6. January 25, 2011

    Wow! what a difference that made! It looks great now!

    I have no opinion on the darts/facing/ etc. questions, being a newbie, but I do think that you could have multiple versions of this in your work rotation, no problem- It would look totally different in a pattern, or with a bright color, or different sleeves, etc.

  7. Lindsay T permalink
    January 25, 2011

    I think you could definitely call this a TNT pattern. It looks great on you, for sure.

  8. January 25, 2011

    Va Va Voom!! It looks amazing!! I think the pleats in the tummy area look good – not emphasizing anything there, in fact your tummy looks quite flat. The only thing that I noticed were a few wrinkles at the bottom of the armhole, but that may just be seam allowance getting in the way. I definitely think you need a few more of these! Red for sure, and ahem, maybe purple. 😉

  9. Karen in VA permalink
    January 25, 2011

    You look great in this dress!!! I’d definitely make it again…

  10. January 25, 2011

    Wow, Elizabeth, your patient re-working has really paid off! It’s really looking like “you”. What a nice job!

  11. riley permalink
    January 25, 2011

    I think this dress is on its way to becoming a stunner, but I don’t think the fit is quite there yet. The back neck does not appear to fit properly, so perhaps you would need those darts?

    You have a good eye to see the extra fullness (poofiness) in the front. A small alteration here will make this a perfect fit. I also think the back “bum” area needs to be raised just a bit. Again, a small alteration for a perfect fit.

    I’m not sure about the alteration you made to the armscye. Perhaps less adjustment on the front side of the armhole would diminish the pulling in that area.

    This is a great pattern and you’ve chosen the perfect fabric for it. Put that together with your beautiful dark hair and you’re going to have a stunner on your hands! Congratulations on a great job!

  12. January 25, 2011

    Or “almost definitely”?

    This fits perfectly. It’s fabulous so far.

  13. January 26, 2011

    It’s looking great, I don’t think the front is too “poofy” and the back fits great. I think you need to baste in your sleeves (if there are any) and see how the armscye looks, it looks like there is a bit of extra fabric at the front there which might need a small dart or something, but try with a sleeve first. You can definitely make this more than once, especially now you’ve fixed the fit, even the illustrations on the pattern envelope look like totally different dresses.

  14. January 26, 2011

    Looks good!

  15. Marie-Christine permalink
    January 26, 2011

    It looks really good. The only thing I’d point out is that you have sloping shoulders, and from the top back wrinkles you should do a sloping shoulder adjustment. Half an inch at arm-side tapering to nothing at the neck, on the shoulder seam.

    As to worrying about making a second one, just make 5. The only trick is to use different colors. Believe me, even when you TELL people that things are the same pattern, they don’t believe you unless the color’s the same.

  16. January 27, 2011

    You are definitely good in this now! I definitely think you should make this again…maybe a print doubleknit? It will hide some of the distinctive details and most people won’t even realize you are wearing the same dress.

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