The 2012 Dressapalooza has come to a close. Even though I did not create all of the wonderful garments planned, I did attempt almost everything on my list. With most of the patterns, I got stuck in the muslin phase without clear direction on how to proceed.
The front fit reasonably well, but the back could not be reconciled. The bodice neckline is designed to be 7 inches below the natural neckline. I could not get this to work with the shoulder straps. I tried raising the back and widening the straps. It didn't work so I moved on.
Done and I love it! There are definitely more versions planned for the future.
The muslin I made last summer fit very well. However when I went to make this up in my fashion fabric, the fit was all wrong. Plus, I had some weird pulling near the neckline that I couldn't quite fix. I'll try it again in a more stable fabric like denim, instead of the rayon-linen blend used in this attempt.
Of all of the dresses on my list, I was most excited about this one. I had the perfect fabric and everything! I got the bodice to fit very well, however the skirt just didn't look right on my body. The lack of flare made it look as if I was swimming in cotton. It wasn't a good look at all. I might return to it next summer.
I had high hopes for this one and was really satisfied with the muslin. The failure came with the fashion fabric being too stiff. I used a cotton-lycra chambray that was just a hair softer than cardboard. At first, I thought it would be okay, but upon trying on the dress after it was almost complete, I realized that this was not going to work.
I didn't attempt to make Butterick 5455 or Butterick 5353. I tried both of these two years ago but have yet to work out the fit issues. I ran out of steam and didn't even cut out the pattern pieces for Simplicity 2406 or New Look 6968. McCall's 5847 is a TNT denim shirt dress pattern that I've made twice already. I decided not to make another one.
So, that's it for Dressapalooza 2012. Although I didn't finish everything, I made considerable progress on many patterns and learned even more about fitting. Alas, Dressapalooza 2013 awaits!
Until next time, be well!