Well, bugger me if I haven’t gone and made summat that FITS!!
Yes indeed. Yesterday I bought SEW magazine, which is sometimes good, sometimes shit, but had a pattern on the front IN MY SIZE (as opposed to the size 6-12 they normally do). At first glance it doesn’t look my sort of thing but then what is? It’s Simplicity 2444 if anyone’s interested….loads of reviews on PatternReview, may do my own later.
One thing that bothered me about the pattern was no waist measurement of finished garment.
Given my previous pattern traumas, I decided to make a toile of the bodice.Due to lack of waist measurement on pattern gambled with cutting a 16 for the waist. The toile came up too small on the waist and showed me I needed to adjust or a hollow chest (seriously!) and my slopy shoulders. Eventually cut a 14 top (with a slight FBA) , graduating to size 16 on waist (plus half an inch) and size 16 skirt. The front was supposed to be cut in 2 pieces but I cut it on the fold, adding half an inch for my belly. The centre seam would only have messed up the pattern even more anyway.
Fabric was cotton poplin courtesy of Dunelm. Evil Dunelm, I only went in for underbed storage, FFS. I only bought 2 metres, and it was 45″ wide and the pattern envelope claimed I’d need 3.4 metres of 44″ wide fabric. Ha. I like a challenge, me :D
Firstly, I knew I wasn’t going to be worrying about collars…or sleeves. Or facings. In the end, I just squeezed the pieces out, by narrowing the skirt hem by 2″ on each piece (it’s a massive skirt anyway, I’m only 4′ 11″, it would have looked daft) and attempting no pattern matching whatsoever….
Also due to previous experience, ignored the instructions. Constructed front and backs as stated, then did side seams. Got Bob to pin back together to make sure it would fit. Added zip and then checked shoulders for fit before stitching. Seems odd to do shoulder seams last but this is ALWAYS where it goes tits up for me. That and bias facing armholes and neck (don’t look too closely please!) but that’s another story. Anyway, upshot is, a thing that fits. A little snugly across the chest, but I’m wearing a sports bra in the pic, will look better when I wear a proper one.
The front – we’ll ignore the mess, shall we?
The back – apart from cutting the points of the stars of, I think I’ve got the hang of zips. I especially like my invisible zip foot :)
Construction – ie the inside of it
And the front, yes it’s wonky on the dummy
I was so pleased with it I even put a label in it… :D
Things I think went well with the dress:
- The fitting – everything seemed to go right this time
- The zip. It’s rather good
- The pleats. Hurrah for poplin, it presses and EVERYTHING
- I managed to find a flattering shape. I usually think boat necks are grim
Things that did not go well:
- Neck and arm facings – all creasy and stuff – nightmare on tight curves but oh god I HATE normal facings!
- It’s a bit shortwaisted. I read as much on Patternreview BUT I’m shortwaisted. And under 5′ tall, I have no idea who that would actually fit…
- Did I mention the facings?
So there it is. Not quite the weather to wear it atm, unfortunately, and I suspect I will need an underskirt to stop it sticking to tights…the minute it is actually not sub zero, I wear it……