All right. Wedding season is upon us (well, those of us who are between the ages of 26 and 35) and I have more than I was expecting. Which is great! And which also means it’s dress-making time.
Last year I made this Paper cut Patterns Midsummer Night’s Dream dress and I really liked wearing it, apart from that fact that I didn’t leave myself a hole through which to pass the wrap tie in one side. (Stupid).
My other mistake on that one was that I didn’t underline the bodice of the delicate silk charmeuse. It’s asking quite a lot of that fabric to have it hold up the skirt all on its own.
:: lowered the back neck a full inch.
:: lowered the front peaks a full inch.
:: reduced the bodice length by half an inch (in hindsight, a bad idea given the inches I’d already taken off its length).
:: increased the armhole height half an inch on side front and back bodices, and smoothed the armhole curves to account for all the changes.
:: straight up copied A Handmade Wardrobe and tacked down the strap on each end to create a double strap rather than that silly looking bow. Multiple bows look ridiculous on grown-ass women, especially short ones.
:: measured the excess of material/gaping at the side boob. Again, from AHW: sewed basting stitches and then gathered the material to reduce the length by the 2 inches of gaping I had.
:: I hemmed the dress by 2″. Last year, that made the skirt too short, but this is evidently a study in fabric weight and bias growth, because the length is great here. The skirt was pinned to my dress form for about a week and seems to have grown a decent amount.
Something about the bodice back still bothers me a bit. The back waist seam pops up over where the ties settle, but maybe that has to do with where my waist is on my body? Who knows.
And that’s it! It’s a dress!