The best laid plans
Oh the hubris of yesterday. My fear of jinxing myself has definitely come to pass. Obviously, crowing about the invisible invisible zipper was too much temptation for the sewing gods.
Last night was a big sewing night. I was determined to finish this dress by tonight so that I could wear it when my friend Robin comes to visit Saturday. We’re going to the Vogue Live Stitches event this weekend. I pushed forward. I sewed the shoulder seams, interfaced the facings, attached said facings, connected the left and right bodice halves and finished the princess seams. And I basted the side seams.
Of course I had to try on my almost done dress right away. And….
It was too big.
(Apologies for the crappy pictures. These were the best I could do at 12:30am.)
I made the size 14 based on my two previous muslin disasters. For my first muslin, if you will recall, I made a sz 14 with a thin stretchy knit. It was a blousy, drapey mess. Wayyyyy too big. For the second muslin, I used real muslin in a sz 12. I couldn’t even zip it closed. So I decided, since I was making it in a stable knit with moderate stretch, that a sz 14 with doubleknit should do the trick.
I guess, in theory and technically, this dress shall be called my third muslin. It’s so big, that I think I should have made a sz 12 instead of a sz 14. Which ordinarily would make me happy (vanity sizing and all), but right now just depresses me. So, the picture below, I detail for you how this dress is too big.
The front middle panel is too roomy. It needs to be taken in at the sides from the hips down. The neckline is not only too wide, but way too low for work. There’s no way I could wear this to work as is and I have no idea how to remedy that particular defect. Also, there’s gaping at the armscye, which may or may not be dealt with when I insert the sleeves.
Here are some badly taken side and back pictures as well.
(Wow, these pictures are amazingly bad. Sorry about that. That zipper is still invisible though, bless it’s little heart!)
I know I can fiddle with the princess seams and side seams. I can even, dare I say it, take out the invisible invisible zipper to fiddle with the CB seam and neck line gaping. But, I ask you, how do I deal with the plunging neckline???
I don’t know if you can tell from these lousy pictures or not, but this dress has some amazing bones. I think it can be salvaged. I am just not, usually, the kind of person that has the patience to rework a knit garment. Unpicking stitches that just disappear into a knit is NOT my favorite thing to do. I don’t know if I have the fortitude.
But I love this fabric and I love this dress, so I just may attempt it. Maybe I can enlist Robin’s help and figure out the fit to salvage this project (unlike my beloved tweed dress disaster).
Now, what can I make in an evening to wear tomorrow???