See. Failure. I was so effing pleased with myself last night putting in that invisible zipper. Looked so pretty on the right side, basted it on the left. And was greeted with this horrid mess.
The waist band seams are like a whole inch off. The skirt is also about an inch off (which means the skirt and waistband themselves are okay). Really, the left back bodice is somehow an inch longer than the right.
This dress is salvageable by raising the waist band an inch at the center back (the waist bands are in the same spot on the respective side seams. God only knows how I got myself into this.)
BUT. I am now very intimidated about starting the wedding dress from this pattern that I made in my head and on graph paper with no previous pattern making experience (idiot). What should I do about the wedding dress project?
What about using one of the below two patterns? On the left is Vogue 8814. The waist is not exactly what I had in mind, but is not a straight cut across the middle, which is what looks very bad on me. It’s a custom fit, so maybe less muslin-ing required than typical with Vogue? I’m worried what all that piecing would look like on the silk charmeuse? I would probably slim the flare on the skirt, do a sway back adjustment, and hack off 2 inches from that middle paneling, because short person.
On the right is Papercut Patterns’ wrap dress named after a play. I’ve really wanted to make it, but I don’t know if it would look bad in the long length. I could extend the length, but the only flattering photos the internet could give me of a woman in a full length wrap dress were of Miranda Kerr, and let’s be serious about our respective bodies. If I pursued option B, I would lengthen the dress, but bring the flare in a little bit when doing so. I’d also self line that fabric.
I travel for two weeks for work starting tomorrow. After that, I’ve got six weeks before this ish needs to be done.
Pros? Cons? Thoughts? Cautionary tales? Give me what you’ve got.