Friday, March 11, 2011

Sometimes I Really Do Sew During the Week

This night shift is kicking my butt. I'm finding it really hard to get things done in the mornings, and of course there's no time when I get home at night. But today I did manage to get V8685 cut out, and I have a three day weekend to work on it, so I hope to have a finished dress to share soon.

In the meantime I thought I'd share a little adjustment info. As I mentioned in my last post, the only real adjustment I needed for this dress was length. Lots of length. You can see here that I did one of my "length only" FBAs. I added 1/2". The I added another 1/2" across the whole pattern piece (back bodice, too) to bring the midriff band down a little. It hit me right below the bust, and the pattern envelope shows a little more length than that on the model.
Here is a closeup of my FBA (just ignore the additional added length.) As you can see, I spread the pattern evenly amongst all three of the pleats:

And just so you know I really did cut it out, here are all my pattern pieces pinned to my fabric, a luscious grape colored ponte knit. I can't wait to wear this!

As you can see I added length to all the pattern pieces except the sleeves. In total, I added 2.5" of length to this pattern. (1/2" to the bodice not counting the FBA, 1/2" to the midriff, 1/2" to the yoke, and 1" to the skirt above the hip)
I will be omitting the back zip on this. I want a simple knit dress I can pull over my head. It worked fine for the muslin, so I don't forsee any problems. I cannot wait to get started assembling this tomorrow!

Spring is in the air here and I am getting excited about sewing some bright, colorful dresses. I really want to make a red dress with white polka dots this year. What is your must-sew project for spring?


Karin said...

Hmm, FBAs look tricky! For the first time ever, I feel happy to be nearly flat chested, lol!

I'd really like to get a spring jacket made and some cropped trousers. A red polka dot dress sounds like just the thing for spring.

angie.a said...

haha! Karin's comment cracked me up! Pretty color. You do need to do a full-skirted dress, you've made sheaths for a while now! I LOVE that dotty dress you sent. Perfect choice.

SewingMrsC said...

Wow, looks complicated indeed!!

I've got a few light work tops to make for spring, that is if I ever finish anything I've started!