It’s a design feature and I’m sticking to that story
So my friends, yes, I did sew last night. I was able to accomplish the following:
- lengthened the two bottom pleats at the tummy area
- further took in the middle panel on the other side of the pleats to relieve some of the lingering (malingering?) poofiness in that area
- reinforced the new shoulder seams
- adjusted the shoulder seams of the facing to fit the new neckline
- sewed “darts” in the back neckline and facing
- reattached the facing
- sewed a permanent zigzag stitch over all the previously basted princess and side seams
- serged all the seam allowances
Wow, all written out that seems like a lot for one evening. *patting self on back*
I love the overall fit of the dress now. The poofiness is gone now and everything lies smoothly to the casual observer…
Except for the back neck. The darts look like a child with no sewing experience sewed them. They poke out at the dart tips. The zipper goes up too high on my nape. In short, the back neckline is a fiasco. I’m so thankful I have long hair to cover it up. If I had the patience of a saint and the time to do so, I would cut the back neckline lower and reinsert the zipper to the right height. But, I don’t have the patience of a saint and my self-imposed deadline of finishing it tonight does not allow for me to do that. I still have the sleeves to insert tonight and the hems (sleeves and skirt) and other small finishing details. I think that might be doable in one evening.
I did not bother to transfer any of the extensive changes I made to this dress to my pattern because I am going to have to start over with a sz 12 if I make this in a double knit again. If I do it in a woven, I will have to muslin it again.
I am considering this version a wearable muslin. If I ever redo the back neckline, facing and zipper, it will be upgraded to dress status.
Wish me luck people! I’m gonna need it. And let’s hope for a good hair day tomorrow while we’re at it too, shall we?