I've had this pattern in my stash for a year or so now and I was finally prompted to make it after seeing Ann's version of it a few weeks ago. I had some purple ponte knit that I bought on sale at Hancocks, and decided to use that to make a wearable muslin. I haven't had a lot of luck with the solid ponte knits I've purchased there - the prints seem to wash/wear well, but the solids knits I made up into tops all started to pill after only a few washings (machine cold, line dry). Meh. Glad I used my coupon.
I made version A, cut a 12 (my measurements call for a 14 but the finished garment measurements said otherwise), and took the skirt and waistband in an extra 1.5" total after trying it on. I didn't line the dress and finished the neckline with two strips of fabric cut on the bias. I didn't make any other adjustments and I'm mostly happy with the fit. There are two problem areas:
WTH is going on with this back neckline?? It's all . . . gappy. I haven't had this happen before. The back shoulder already has a dart in it, and this seems to be more of a center back issue anyway. I noticed this before I put in the neckline facing. I tried to remedy the problem by stretching the facing as I went, but all this did was to make the facing want to flip up. Why is this dress so damn loose in the top of the center back? I need to do some research, but does anyone know anything about this problem?
And then there's the sleeves. I am probably overly paranoid about my wide shoulders (they are a good six inches wider than my hips), but there you go. I think that cap sleeves tend to emphasize my width up there. I'd like some kind of snug short sleeve and I need to go through my patterns to see if I find something I like better. But, dear sewing readers, do you have any suggestions? A friend suggested I make the shoulders more narrow so that the sleeve starts a bit higher up - I tried pinning this and it didn't look right.
|Here I am staring hard out the window because I can't make a decent face looking at the camera.|
My master plan is to make this dress with my new magenta/black striped ponte knit so that I can play with stripe directions. But I'm a little worried this dress is just too straight up and down for my figure. The more I stare at these pictures, the less I like it. Does that ever happen to you?
On another note, if any of you sewing peeps haven't put yourselves on the map, hop to it! I'm leading the charge for a Chicago meet-up and we need to know who is nearby!