Muse Natalie dress & Burda 9755

Burda 9755.  Don't make it.  My first experience with Burda and it was appalling.  The instructions were terrible and I ended up making my own up.  The fit in the upper chest isn't fantastic but I won't be changing it and doing another version.  This is Brighid after we went to see Cinderella at the movies, where Cinderella herself wore a similar colour blue for most of the film.  She does have two feet, but is practising curtseying in this photo.  It's a win because Brighid likes it, and chose the fabric and pattern herself when we went to Blenheim last summer.  If I made another pattern with a band/ribbon around the waist for a child, I would pipe it or make it in contrast fabric so it stood out better than this.

 The Natalie Dress by Muse Patterns.  I cut a 40 at the neck and shoulders, a 42 for the sleeves and a 44 everywhere else.  I like the dress, but I need to work out how to do a FBA on this and also to use my CSBCC tonic tee shape which I've been working on to put a centre back seam in which takes the sway back wrinkles out and puts some more width in over my bum.  The sleeve length is also wrong on me - I think I shortened it too much.  I might also go to a 44 sleeve for the next version, to be sure I can comfortably fit a thin winter layer underneath.  Given that it will always have leggings underneath it, I'm thinking the next version will be one centimetre shorte in length.

Of course, some blogs (most) have fabulous photos and the models style their hair before the photo shoot.  The photo shoots for such blogs don't involve an eight year old taking some pics on her ipod after kung fu and before the merry-go-round called bedtime begins.

Mine doesn't.  It does document my sewing journey, and it's my small testament to myself that I can do more than just work and work and work and parent all night and day.  I'm still sewing, I'm still learning and this is my small contribution to curvy sewing confidence.  I'm also not doing that thing where you make yourself look skinny in your pose for every camera shot.  The feminist implications of learnning always to take up less space are crap.

Grey is okay.  It is very drab compared to my usual colour choices.  I have a mint green and black print ready for the next dress version and a red stripe for a top version.  I also bought some hot pink merino on sale and it will either be a Natalie Dress or a McCalls 6408 cardigan.

I've also got some slips to make.  Shop bought slips are either very short or very long.  Those nice stretchy ones with no lace are also only made for skinnier persons than myself, which is a bit outrageous.  So slip making is high on the agenda.


Anonymous said…
You're very talented Sandra. I am very impressed as to how you fit this in. I have three part finished painting from 4 years ago - and I have been unemployed for four months. Jo XX
Nice pictures, Sandra! You seem to be really talented. If only my mother could design something similar. She is spending too much money on buying clothes from expensive shops.
Kind regards,

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