That's how I felt making this dress.
I love the excitement of a new challenge, a new garment, a new technique to learn. However, I've been daunted lately by the sheer number of adjustments I have to make to new patterns. It's a lot of work when you just want a pretty new dress for an occasion.
I wanted to make a dress for the christening I attended today. So I bought this lovely fabric from Linens in Hartlepool. It was £14.50 a meter (extravagant for me!) so I only bought two meters. That meant that mistakes were not an option.
I got the Simple Sew Ruby dress pattern free in the last issue of Love Sewing magazine and I thought it was a match made in heaven.
However, this fabric has a slight stretch to it so despite making two muslins to get the fit just right, when I made it up in my fashion fabric it was HUGE!
I also had the bright idea of using bias tape as a facing since I didn't have much fashion fabric spare and I didn't have any other slightly stretchy material to line the bodice with. This went horribly wrong and resulted in unsightly puckering.
By this time it was Saturday night and the dress needed to be finished. I was pulling my hair out!
As a last resort I used my overlocker to finish the raw edges around the neck, arms and hem and top stitched them down.
Not elegant by any means.
I read this this post by Lynne from Ozzy Blackbeard the other day and realised that I'm not alone in having to completely alter commercial patterns before they even come close to fitting correctly. Like Lynne, I have also signed up to Suzy Furrer's Craftsy classes on making bodice and skirt slopers. I'm hoping that getting back to basics might be the way to go. I can then draft my own patterns which will hopefully fit like a dream...I will keep you posted.
Sadly I have no photos of this dress in action as I was the one taking photos. I did however take this shot of the church. Isn't it lovely?
So in closing, does anyone else out there struggle with fit? Have you made a sloper? Are there any other methods of ensuring the perfect fit?
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday folks :-)
Love, Eliza Brown x