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!