I dug it out and considered it a "muslin" and learnt from my mistakes with that version to help me create my new version.
I liked the shape for my body - didn't look like a tent.
Here is the first version (from a couple of years ago). Note the gaping armholes and the extra material above the bust. I didn't bother hemming it as I am not going to wear it. I intended to wear it with a jacket (don't like my chicken wings showing).
I cut the shorter version.
New version - I added sleeves:
I think I still need to do some work on fit. I think the shoulders are too wide for me. That could be because I didn't use the standard 5/8 inch seam allowance but skimmed it with overlocker. The muslin was a bit tight so thought I would give it a bit of ease by doing that. I should have still sewn it with the 5/8 inch as the material has stretch - oh well - you live and learn. I also want to take it in a bit under the arms.
Speaking of learning... there were a few things I learnt today.
1. Let's face it - I HATE FACINGS. The facings took the most amount of time. This is because I cut them and interfaced them but as I did not put in a zipper - the facing's were out in size. I had to add to the facing to make it fit. While I did that I taped the front and back facings together to cut as one - giving only one seam on the facing - at the back. I saw this tip in Threads DVD.
2. When you change the cotton on the needle on the overlocker - REMEMBER TO PUT THE TENSION BACK. I changed the cotton on the outside needle at the begining of this project and didn't realise that I forgot to put the tension back to 3 after ---- hence ---- the whole dress is sewn on 0 tension on the outside needle. I only noticed when I was hand hemming. I thought - why do the stictches look so funny... I take comfort from the fact that the other needle was on the right tension.
3. I LOVE my overlocker. Takes so much tedium out of sewing and gives a much better result.
|First version - without overlocker|
|With the ELNA|
Pattern Description: Misses or Plus Size Dresses, Tunic, Skirt and Tie Belt
I used C dress and added sleeves
Pattern Sizing: 10 - 28 in 2 envelopes
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes - but of course bigger!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Instructions were good. I didn't follow all of them - no zipper.. I also sewed in the sleeves in a different way. I sewed in the cap and then sewed the sides of the dress and up and then the sleeves in one go.. Can't remember what this is called but the only way I was shown before my sewing teacher retired .... Anyone know a good sewing teacher near inner west Sydney????? And can anyone tell me what the advantage is of sewing the whole sleeve and then inserting it?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the princess seams, the options for different lengths. Went together easily.
Fabric Used: Cotton Sateen from Spotlight
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't put in a zipper (which played a bit of havoc with my facings), I added about 2 cms to the sleeves and I removed about 2 cms from the above the bust.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes - I plan to sew this again (taking in the lessons learnt with this one) Yes - I would definitely recommend it.
Conclusion: A good shaped dress and relatively easy to sew - Hey if I can do it ........