Sunday, September 29, 2013
I knew it would be questionable since the pattern calls for charmeus, silk jersey or shantung, and I was using a t-shirt knit.
This view is the best part of the whole thing. The waistline ruching doesn't look too bad. The upper part of the zipper, if I would be inclined to finish it, would need some hand stitching because the bulk makes it too much for the machine.
I lengthened the underarm seam by nearly 2", making the arm hole smaller. This is a problem area for me that creates gaping in multiple spots at the neck and arms. That was a good call as the armhole depth would be perfect once the arm holes were finished.
The pattern review that I read warned about it being too tight and made for high, small, perky boobs. It is snug. Which causes the wearer to decide if gathers should go above or below the breasts.
The connecting point of the cross-over wrap made it pull in nicely at the narrow part of my waist. But that made the front ruching go all catty-wompus.
The length of the raw hem is where the finished length is on the photo.
What to do now?
I had considered removing the ruched sections and just making the base dress. Unfortunately, the empire waist is also not right for my body and the seam is right across the nipple line.
Maybe I'll try to save the skirt and add a waist band. Or maybe not.