Some time ago, when Rachel of HouseOfPinheiro requested some testers for her new pattern I joined in without thinking about all the projects I had in mind and the little time I normally have. Because this dress is beautiful. With elegant lines that hug the body one can’t help but feel classy in it. When I was trying it last week to ask for Koen’s opinion, he said that it would be good for a Sci-Fi convention. I guess that those diagonal lines plus the grey color give it a bit of a Sci-Fi flavor. That and the light reflecting on my tummy. The days are getting short and taking pictures with natural light is becoming more and more difficult, and when we get it, it could be sometimes too much, like in this case. I apologize, we had a very sunny day (Madrid Winters are sunny and beautiful, but also very cold).
I had to adapt the pattern to my measurements, quite different from Rachel’s (bust: 88 cm; waist: 67 cm; hip: 98 cm), do an FBA (for a B cup) and a slopping shoulders alteration. For the resizing I used the slice and tuck (or spread) method described in zillions of places, but I checked the Colette sewing book just in case. The FBA of this pattern is a bit special due to the bodice structure and the placement of the darts, but even though it didn’t pose any problems. I used my personal pattern blocks to compare dimensions during the process and I have to say that it sped things quite a bit. I had to shorten the bodice by 3 cm (Rachel is sooo tall) but I left the original hem length (I don’t look good in mini-skirts).
What I’m not very happy about is the fabric I used. The weight and elasticity are fine. For this project I would recommend a fabric with a little bit of elasticity so that it hugs the body, but I guess a regular cotton should work also fine. I wouldn’t recommend a knit fabric, since some structure is needed. When I complain about my fabric I don’t mean that it behaves wrongly. It doesn’t if you don’t disturb it. But I have to say that after prewashing it I notice some shrinkage when pressing it. It’s a polycotton with more poly than cotton I’m afraid, that I had leftover from Koen’s cosplay pants. It doesn’t press well, and if you insist it starts shrinking irregularly (even without steam). Therefore you can see some wrinkles especially on the front where I wanted to “tame” my seams. The skirt would need a good press but I was afraid of what could happen. I think I’m going to wash this again and see how it comes out.
I finished the neckline and armholes with bias tape but you could also apply facings. I was just a bit lazy and short of time, and anyway it looks fine like this.
I have to say that before making it I liked this dress, but now that I’ve made it I absolutely love it. You had to see my face the first time I tried on my muslin. I was amazed. The bodice lines are so flattering, and the side pieces create the illusion of having a wasp waist. Congrats, Rachel, and thanks a lot for allowing me to test this. I love this design and I’ll make it again with some better fabric.
Hot stuff, you will dazzle any sci Fi fan if you ever attended a convention wearing this. It looks so beautiful. Thank for being such an awesome tester.
Great dress! I appreciate all your sewing notes, as I’m trying to learn how to sew better.
Sewing notes is also something that I like, because like you I’m still learning; and I have to thank all the people who post detailed notes about their projects because my learning curve got steep thanks to them.
Thank you for allowing me testing your pattern. I loved it!
It looks beautiful! But I agree with you on the fabric, a body hugging fabric would have been even better. Despite the fact that you’re still learning (aren’t we all) you did a great job on this dress.
Thank you, Sally 🙂 I agree that I could have used a better fabric but I’m quite pleased with the fitting. I think some beginners are afraid of grading but it’s not hard at all. I started sewing almost a year and a half ago, but as I’ve said, you online sewing buddies always help a lot. You rock!
Que bonito y que bien te queda, te sienta como un guante! Rachel tiene buen gusto para sus patrones. Tienes razón, las lineas del delantero son tan halagadoras en esa zona, me encanta!! Besitos.
Gracias, Rosy. La verdad es que está super bien diseñado y esas líneas son muy favorecedoras. Besos!
Your dress is gorgeous! I love shape of the darts, and I can see what you mean about it being a bit sci-fi. Good luck with the next version!
Thank you, Lynee. I’m also still amazed at the bust shape. Thank you for your kind words 🙂
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