Okay, so I’m not quite as behind schedule as I’d feared! Tuesday night, I got the muslin (minus sleeves) finished up, and yesterday managed to coerce The Boy into snapping a couple quick (very quick, poorly modeled) shots.
So, why the terrifying lag in the schedule? Sadly, it was due entirely to my own poor math (guess what? I was right — four inches was too much!) I had to scrap my bodice pieces, redo the tissue ones, then scrounge for cloth. If you’re wondering why the back of my dress is in an awesome gaudy floral while the rest is a tasteful grey, well… that’s why. I had enough yardage for the dress, but not enough to mess up the bodice.
So, how’s the fit? Big. Like way too big, even with the SBA, and taking out about an inch from the bodice pieces. How big? Well, there’s more detail on the flickr version if you really care, but for some quick explanations:
At this point in the sew-along, Casey is advising us on the best way to transfer our modifications to fashion fabric, which is a good thing, because quite frankly, I’m intimidated by the changes I still want made, and I am way too
lazy swamped to draw up a new paper pattern piece and re-sew the muslin. Why? Dress construction For Reals begins around Monday.
So, if I hurry, that should leave me enough time to sew up a sleeve (just to check!) and play catch up with everyone else. From my brief twirling tonight, I plan on taking the pleats out of the back bodice, making the gathers at the front waist a teensy bit narrower, taking about 5″ off the hem (how did I miscalculate so hugely?!) and maybe make some minor tweaks around the front armholes. See why I’m so worried? That’s a lot of change!
For all that though, it has been super-fun, and very liberating to see just how quickly a dress comes together once the time has bene taken to painstakingly measure and cut everything out. Very encouraging.