|Will probably wear this dress the majority of the time with some type of layer as pictured above with this jacket.|
How I corrected the problem - When making Virginia's bed jacket I used a technique that Nancy Zieman calls the "wrapped collar" technique. I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with it but for those who are not - Instead of stitching the collar as a single seam where you must pivot at the corners, stitch the outer edge of the collar first. Grade and understitch the seam allowances to the undercollar. With right sides together, fold along the first line of stitching. Stitch each end of the collar from fold to raw edge. Cut the corners and grade the seam allowances....and VIOLA! When the collar is turned it's perfect! I'll be using this technique from now on!. Thank you Ms. Zieman!
Changes - 1) The pile of the animal print fabric made it difficicult to make button holes - that looked good. The small width of the front band didn't help this matter either. After a few failed attempts using scrap pieces of faux fur I decided to nichts the button holes and use the buttons decoratively. I used snaps as closures. 2) I added a facing to the back yoke on the inside of the dress - I am wondering now if this affected the fit at all. Something strange is happening accross the top of my back in terms of fit. 3) Satin fabric is "ALL showing" if you know what I mean so I lined the skirt. I used a red tricot nylon found in Virginia's stash. It feels really good against the skin and it's a good weight for the satin. Had I thought about it first I would have cut the lining to include the pocket facings. Instead I cut the lining using the same pattern as the skirt and then had to cut facings to complete the lining....a one time duh moment for me!
NOT crazy about - the fact that this dress is sleeveless can you tell by the look on my?-Lol!). I REALLY wanted the sleeves in this dress. Originally I wanted to make the sleeves with the elastic and then I changed to the sleeves with the cuffs. Unfortunately I did not like the way they set in the dress. UGH! None of the reviews on PatternReview.com mentioned the sleeves as being a problem so I'm guessing it was just me. I tried several times to make it happen but it just was not workin'. Did I mention that I SO envisioned this dress WITH sleeves. The fit across my upper back is not cool either. Do I have rounded shoulders in this dress? Is it too tight? If I push my chest forward and bring my back together they go away some what. Is the bodice not long enough? Not sure. Gotta check this out when I can. For now, however, it shall remain.
|"Rear" View. Satin is just so shiny - LOL, This is not my favorite pic by the way!|
|LOVE that collar!|