Added Feb 5, 2010
Here is the finished 8469 that I have been working on! I am not sure if it makes me look like a dork or not (“am I too old to be wearing this dress??” is the thought that immediately springs to my mind!) but I do like the look of it though!
I made up a muslin of the bodice (as I did adjust the pattern neckline a bit) and that fitted fine, but on the final dress it is a bit “gapey” (is that a word?) around the neckline. My husband seems to think that if certain parts of my anatomy were larger this would address the problem (hence my “small” problem!). I told him I thought it would be cheaper to try and fix the dress rather than get a boob job!
I have attached photos of exactly what I mean. I was thinking about maybe sewing in some darts along the neckline (refer the photo of me holding possible darts to see what I mean) or would that look dumb? I also thought I could detach the lining, put the darts in that and then “gather & ease” the excess fabric of the bodice to the lining (does that make sense?). The excess is about 1.5 to 2 cms in total.
Any suggestions/tips would be greatly appreciated, because, when I bend over a lot of my “small problems” are revealed!!! ; )
Apart from that the dress turned out nicely. I was happy with the sleeves which again I pinched from the McCalls 5179 and with the invisible zip. I also added side pockets to the skirt.
UPDATE – Thanks to all who gave me great suggestions on how to fix the problem – so greatly appreciated! The dress now sits much better and the gape is gone!!! I’ve popped a photo of how it looks on me now if you want to take a peak! (photo is a little dark but you get the idea) xxxxxxx
Cotton quilting print. I suspect the “drape” of this could be the cause of the “gape” problem.
Plain cotton lawn for lining.
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