The learning dress
I'm calling this dress my learning dress. It's certainly a lot more wearable than some of my previous 'learning dresses'. I've gone back and narrowed the sleeves, taken the hemline up by 8cm and lifted the underarm seam a little as I narrowed the sleeves. I also shortened the midriff band some more. Unfortunately I sewed the back on to the front when I reattached the midriff band, so I've lost my loved chevron matching stripes effect in the front. I'm not up for redoing that, as I narrowed the length of my stitches for a stronger seam, and it would take ages to unpick.
The original version (bottom left photo) came up reasonably well, but I felt very dowdy in it. Hardly the result I was hoping for. Next time I make this dress, I will probably cut the sleeves to the elbow rather than 3/4 sleeves. I may try the separate sleeve piece pattern which is available on the Cake Patterns website. There is a bit of excess fabric between the bust and shoulder and I can't see how I would eliminate that in this pattern and still fit through the bust. I probably need to go to a pattern with gathered shoulders to avoid this, but I'm not really looking for more patterns at the moment, just more successful clothes with the patterns I do have.
Number 2 photographer instructed me on how to curtsey.
On the left is the original version. On the right is a similarly unflattering photograph of the remodelled version. It was after this photo that I had the idea of gettting Brighid up on the bunk so the camera isn't angled upwards. Vanity and the fat woman. Usual story.
I had read on the StephC's website about using fusible webbing tape, so today I decided to try it. My local yarn and haberdashery shop had something called rescue tape which was double sided and I so I tried it out. I stuck it against the hem and then turned it up and then I could sew it in place. It was a little sticky sewing it where I hadn't covered it perfectly, but overall it seemed to work and was nice and fast compared to trying to measure and pin the hem of a half circle skirt.