Added Feb 3, 2014
Washington Dc, U...
The bodice of this dress was made with McCalls M5927 which is a pattern I love for the moment. It’s one of those patterns I can alter and sew all in a few hours, so when I need something quick it’s definitely my go to. The pattern alterations were as follows:
-Added 3" to the front of the neck for a higher neck
-Cut a V in the back of the pattern at the neck for a low cut back
-Added bias tape to the arm hole
-measure from the bottom of the bodice to determine the length you want the skirt. Measure your hips at the widest point and cut two pieces of fabric with those dimensions. Fold the back piece of the fabric lengthwise and cut it in half. Using a 5/8" seam allowance sew the back pieces together baste stitching from the top down 9" for the zipper then sew the side seams. Matching the bodice side and back seams to the skirt side and back seams, pin together. Working from both side seams, gradually decrease the waist so the skirt matches up to the bodice, this will require you to create new side seams. Once the skirt and bodice matches up and the seams are matching, sew the skirt and bodice together making sure you baste across the zipper seam. Attach a 19"zipper, try the dress on inside out. To create your perfect fit, pin the skirt where needed and mark with chalk. Remove the dress and make the appropriate fit adjustments then trim the excess seam allowance.
Measure the circumference of the hem of the skirt and cut a piece of fabric 9" wide x 2x’s the circumference. Attach the trumpet by pleating as you go around.