We’re making progress.
All right, so the blog is called wasted weekends and boy did this project. We had a three-day weekend in the States and substantial amounts of time and attention (and beer) were spent on this
dress muslin. This is some grade-A polyester charmeuse that got crunchy when I spilled that beer on it so don’t get too excited. [Squee!, wedding dress!, etc. It’s not that time yet.]
From the side, I’m pretty happy. The waistband issues that Nicole and Emmely kindly took the time to point out look mostly resolved. Ditto trying this out with material more like what I plan to use for the real dress.
Also, I (almost) successfully lengthened all seven of those panels. I successfully made and incorporated godets. I think I’ll remove the two at the side-seams to keep this from looking too much like the shape belongs on one pant leg of something straight out the American Hustle , but that’s fine and actually removes TWO seams, so, bonus.
But, look at this:
Ew. I wanted flow-y and blouse-y-ish, not wrinkly. The back bodice looks pretty bad. I pinched out a bit from the shoulder seams, because it felt like nothing was really ‘hanging’ off the shoulders. And I got this.
It’s a little better, so the shoulders should probably be brought up, but still not quite right, and plus I wanted to try something. (Yes, that is actually the wedding shoe. If you think you see a metallic gold-covered wedge, you might not be seeing things incorrectly.)
So I just went for it and cut out the back and got this.
I tried to pin out a bit from the low center back. Maybe I needed a sway-back adjustment at the outset?
Next steps? Pinch out and that extra space essentially at bra band level on the inside of the shoulder strap? Make a new back bodice? Just effing make the dress already? Just swallow my dreams and buy something?