Added Jun 10, 2013
The Pattern is Colette Laurel. I couldn’t wait to try this pattern for myself after seeing it on sewing blogs everywhere. I was a bit cautious as I am not the body shape for a shift dress but all the fellow seamstresses that have tried it seemed to be pleasently surprise with how flattering it ends up being. This is not my story. First I made version 4, the shirt, as a kind of muslin. It came out pretty good and I decided that all I would have to do is move the bust dart down by 3/4inch.
On this dress I cut a 6 for the shoulders and bust, graded to an 8 at the waist and a 10 at the hips. Wow, when I tried it on it was horrible! After taking off fabric at the sides and the center back seam, it turns out that I could have probably cut a straight 6. I don’t know where I went wrong on the calculations but by removing all that fabric, the darts in the back look kind of wonky and squeezed in. Humm.
If I made it again I would probably make a 6 at shoulders and bust, grade to a 4 at the waste, then grade back to a 6 at the hips. I might do a small wide shoulder increase, a small sloping shoulder alteration, and a sway back alteration. Am I getting into over alteration territory? And though I think it turned out passible, I am not sure I am ready to give this pattern another go because with my pear shape, I don’t think a shift style dress is right for me.
As a side note I also lined this dress.
Outer: stiffer cotton
Lace Trim: cotton
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