Oh it feels like I’ve been away for ages! I’ve not been far, I’ve still been reading all my favourite blogs and I’ve even been doing a bit of sewing. But I had my lovely sister and nephew over for the weekend so there wasn’t much time to witter in between trips to Doctor Who and the London Aquarium.
But I did find time to finish my first muslin for McCalls 2401. Here it is
I picked up the polka dot cotton for £6 a metre from MacCulloch & Wallis and I managed to squeeze the whole dress out of two metres so it was a bargainous £12 to make! (Not counting the zipper and thread though.)
Although this was a fairly simple dress to make, I had some issues with the fit. I cut a size 12 which ended up giving me a huge gape at the back – only discovered after inserting the zipper, d’oh. I then had to unpick the entire zipper and add about an inch extra seam allowance on each side. I’m still wondering if I should take it in a tiny bit from the hips downwards.
There’s an awful lot of creasing going on in these photos as well – which isn’t as apparent in real life but will cause me some worries if I wear it to work or whatnot. Would a lining reduce this, does anyone know? Or a slip?
I really like the back darts – they definitely make your back waist look good. This is a total illusion!
I’ll have to transfer my changes to the pattern, or at least see if a 10 will fit better before I make another one. I plan to make another wearable muslin, iron out any details and then go for it with the vintage Liberty silk I got at the North London vintage fair a couple of weeks back. I’ve also got my Ginger and my Peony patterns now – am itching to do the Peony. It’s such a gorgeous style. What’s on your sewing table?