Here’s another really great tutorial on how to do a princess seamed FBA“
I had such plans for today, but by the time we’d taken the kids to grandparents, tidied up the detritus of half term and shampooed the dog (crikey, he was stinky!) it was mid afternoon.
Not to be deterred I dug out what turns out to be the only dress pattern I own for woven fabrics after my pattern clear-out.
This pattern was kindly sent to me by Simplicity last year and a review of it is well overdue, so perhaps this is serendipitous. I’m making view C (which is reminiscent of my Giverny dress) and am really hoping this will be my go-to dress pattern for this summer, as I already have fabric for 4 versions.
Although it comes in different cup sizes I still needed to do a full bust adjustment to accommodate the girls, and followed this tutorial from the clever ladies at By Hand London.
A quick toile later and I’m really pleased with the way it’s turned out. I need to push the shoulder back a little, let out the waistline just a smidge and take in the back a little to remove the excess around my rounded upper back. I’ve also added 3cm to the bodice length. These are all standard alterations for me so this isn’t a big issue.
The pattern is drafted with 1″ vertical seams so there is plenty of room to play with whilst making these alterations.
So far so good. I’m a little behind my self imposed schedule, but life does that, and I’m ready to plot up on the sofa with pasta, a movie and some knitting. I’ll come back to this tomorrow and hopefully finalise the fit of the bodice which will also allow me to make the necessary adjustments to the skirt too.
But I’ll hazard a guess that what you really want to see is the fabric I’m going to make this up in. Cue crappy last minute photograph:
I purchased this from The Buttonhole in Chorley with a gift voucher that Ma gave me for Christmas.
I’m planning to line it in white cotton as it’s a teeny bit see-through. But even if I don’t manage to finish it for Thursday, this will be a perfect dress for family lunches throughout the summer.
Ok…dinner is ready.
Fingers crossed for the tweaking tomorrow. As opposed to twerking…which wouldn’t be a very pretty sight at all! 😉