I am a little behind on my posts. Two weeks ago, I took the draft pattern and put parts of the dress together in muslin. This allows us to try the dress on for a fitting. Since musling is so much cheaper than the silk the dress will be made of, we could play with the style to see what looks best.
I put the dress together inside out. I left 3″ on each side for the seams. This allows plenty of room to adjust the pattern to either bigger or smaller. If I left the seams at the standard 5/8th inch seams, there would be little room for change – especially if it needed to be bigger.
I sewed the pattern seam lines in Red, but actually seamed the muslin in blue – allowing me to see where the changes needed to be made on the pattern itself. It came together easily. I put the bodice together, minus one side seam so that Jac could get into it. I had to make several adjustments to the skirt. At first, it was way too full. The gowns Jac liked had a semi-fitted skirt. Then I played with box pleats in the back to ease the fullness. I think this will give a more tailored look than gathers.
What do you think so far?
Jac came for her first fitting last week. I’ll have that post up by the end of the week.