How awesome is that? Heaps. So pattern was duly purchased, printed, assembled, cut, replicated in fabric form and sewn together:
Apologies for pic quality, the lighting situation in Edinburgh today is officially atrocious
The idea was a wearable muslin so that I could learn from any fitting issues before making a fancy one out of posh fabric.
I made the skirt massively full because for my swanky final version I was thinking of a fairly sturdy silk shatung with a pettiskirt underneath.
The back has the problem of not covering my bra straps but I think I could fix that fairly easily.
As per usual, the majority of the fitting issues are bust-related. My bra shows along the neckline at the right and left so I'd have to give the bodice piece more height there. The main problem, however, is the eight inches of extra fabric pooling between my breasts. I pressed the folds with the iron for at least an hour and a half but it only marginally improved the situation. This extra fabric also droops down, as the slack is not taken up by travelling up and over a boob.
So the question is this: do I persist with this pattern or hunt for a different one? You can also pass judgement on the changes (I think) I need to make and/or want to make:
- Transfer the straps from current arrangement where they come horizontally out of a channel to ones that come vertically out of the bodice. Also, shorten straps.
- More coverage to back sides at armhole.
- I really like the waistband, but I don't like waistbands that are only at the front. Party at the back too, please.
- I think the skirt would be more flattering as a circle skirt rather than the extreme gathering at the waist.
- Tame the bodice. More height at sides, less height at centre front. Way less fabric at centre front. Concentrate gathers under bust, not at centre front.