Added May 3, 2011
This is the No.3 Gather Drape Dress from the Japanese pattern book “Drape Drape.” I had completed a few patterns from this book and found them relatively easy. This one, unfortunately, was the exception.
The whole dress is made from one pattern piece, which seemed amazing…until I realized the zip had to go into the bias cut at the back.
I re-sewed and unpicked the zip a million times, tried consulting my mum, tried looking for answers online – all to no avail! Every attempt ended up with a wavy hump back camel look! Just when I was on the verge of calling it quits, I decided that desperate times call for desperate measures. I grabbed the scissors and slashed a deep V into the back. This got rid of the hump back and also allowed a bit more arm/back movement (which was getting very tight). I also found that the pattern’s neckline came up too high at the back, so this alteration seemed to solve a lot of my problems at once.
I’m happy with how the end result looks, but unfortunately, I’m not sure I’ll get much wear out of it. It’s a little uncomfortable. If I were to make this again, I would use a stretch knit to allow more movement and would allow me to do away with the zip. I’d also add a bit more length.
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