Just to liven up this blog, I am adding a feature so that all of you can participate.
There are enough sites where completed garments are shown and the drooling begins and compliments fly no matter what the resulting garment displays. In most cases, it is not the sewing that lets the final garments down…it is what starts in the beginning…a bad pattern or bad design. We are duped into thinking that we can fit into a design made for a size 0, six foot tall model who probably has clamps at the back of her clothes making them more form fitting. We are fooled into thinking that someone ever actually drew these patterns themselves, graded them and did a mock-up to test them. We are further lulled into thinking WE can make these paper patterns into something vaguely resembling the envelope photograph.
This week our first entry/
guinea pig submitted her creation. She was given a few questions to help her construct her story and shares her photos. Take it away Lisa….
Here you go—
Now, if I only knew “why” I did things, I could answer your questions so much better!
Why did I pick that pattern, Vogue 1401? Probably because it was made up in red! Seriously! And it looked like it would be fun to make and to wear.
What size did the envelope say I should be: a solid size 16 with a slight decrease in size for the bust area.
Luckily, some kind soul on Pattern Review mentioned that this dress runs really, really big so I checked my measurements and made a muslin for the bodice top in size 12 and it was very comfortable after I shortened the length of the front and back by 1” which I took out at the bust line. I didn’t realize that the elephantiasis started at the next tier down from the bodice.
Alterations to the pattern before cutting:
I am only 5’4” so I took out an additional 1-1/2” in length in the lower front and back pieces. In total I shortened the dress by 2-1/2”.
I stay stitched the entire bodice and any bias edges for the lower tiers. I tried to move the front welt pockets down below the applique but they still got caught up in all that jazz there which made them difficult to turn. I would make the pocket bags longer so they can hold my house key and some money when I am out on the town if I make this again.
I kept taking in the side seams—probably a good 4 inches on each side to try to calm the hot air balloon effect. The upside of hacking away the sides was that the armholes became comfortable for a sleeveless dress so I bound them with bias tape and it is my heat wave outfit. I haven’t had the nerve to wear it outside the house but it works for the garden!
My fabric is an Indian madras/seersucker—very lightweight but I wanted to see the grainlines. My biggest complaint is that the bias tiers make diamond shaped designs in the middle of my butt and my girlie privates—and the pattern does not say that stripes would be a problem. The middle of the dress is a bias applique with bias slices of fabric sewn on top of it and then jeans thread sewn on top of that. I didn’t do as much as the pattern wanted but this was supposed to be a muslin:)
I like the idea of having a dress with “artwork” on it but this silhouette is not quite what I had in mind. I know that this art teacher style is not popular with your readers but I’m an old hippie and still think that tie dye is lovely so what do I know?
Now dear readers, your comments and suggestions are directed to Lisa and she can answer in the comments section. Every Saturday that I have an entry/wadder to share, it will be featured so please email me and tell me what you want to feature here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also if you want to contact Lisa privately, I will pass along your emails to her.
For me, I do like the top of this dress and the embellishment and colors…but what do I know…my world is ivory satin most of the time! Please tell Lisa how you feel about her dress and her courage to be the first in this series of SEW BAD!