Tuesday, 15 September 2009

BWOF 12-2008-130 sorted out

I now feel in good company with my fitting woes, but was there really no laughing? My daughters were both highly amused. I suppose it is good to provide entertainment for your children....
After such lovely encouragement I unpicked the bodice of the dress, and eased the seams of the bodice to the insert so that I could shorten the insert and make it lie more flat. This improved matters somewhat, but not sufficiently, so I added a few beads to the top line of the smocking, using the beading threads to position the neckline and prevent puffiness, then I stab stitched the lower part of the insert to the lining in a few spots to keep it in place. I am now much more pleased with the dress, although I am planning to never stand with my arms behind my back whilst wearing it.


I am indulging myself with inside photographs. I fully lined the dress, with the imperial batiste used for the bodice, but was feeling impatient when I put the zip in, and sewed both layers as one. I did not like the appearance of this raw edge in contrast to my lovely lining, so have bound the zip tapes with some quilting cotton.
I also used lace to finish the bottom of the skirt lining to make it pretty. I think I like this dress now. I have made another top to wear with it, but will write about that in a later post.

15 comments:

KellysSewing said...

Looks very attractive on you! and it looks pretty on the inside as well, great job.

katherine h said...

Your persistance has paid off and now you have a lovely dress to wear. Well done!

kiltsnquilts said...

Great save on the bodice - I promise there was really no laughing! I don't think anyone who sews would laugh as they probably know how disappointing it is when something like that happens - and I think we have all had a similar experience at one time or another :-)

I love your attention to detail on the inside.

Gail said...

I'm glad you stuck with it. It looks great!

Uta said...

Very pretty and feminine. I love the smocking. It was definitely worth all the work!

Lauren said...

Very pretty! It looks fantastic on you now. I wasn't laughing when it didn't fit, I was sympathizing- while you and I don't have the same fit issues, I can't even tell you how many times I've tried on a garment only to be sorely disappointed! Good for you for making it work.

Dawn said...

Wow! I love it. Love, love, love it!

Tamara said...

The fit is beautiful now! Great job!

Shannon said...

Much better! You tamed the beast!! :)

Carol said...

The dress looks great! You look super slim and sexy! I want to make this now, but I know it won't look anywhere near as good on me!

Claudine said...

that's fantastic! It's also a lot sexier than anything else you've shown on your blog. Have fun with it.

wendy said...

Sooo pretty. I love those colors together :)

Mary Nanna said...

tocarIt's very pretty - worth the persistence.

Burda have been unkind to me as well with their minimal ease. Sometimes I feel I really do prefer vanity sizing.

Mary Nanna said...

woops my son helped me with the typing on the first part of that comment!

6p00d8341bf74653ef said...

Much better! Goodness, what great thinking on your part to save the dress. It's very lovely.