A gentler moment with two of my friends - two dresses and a cape that they made. Amazing fit and detail.
Writers and creators from the Wellington Sewing Bloggers Network got stuck into the pattern corner.
Tomorrow I'll have shots of the attendees in their self-made garments, so get ready for another picture-weighty post.
The fabric is a midweight viscose from Global Fabrics in Wellington. This dress is based on an older Butterick pattern, 4972 - from the mid-90s! I used its Petite option, and altered it further as follows:
- Nipped in the shoulders at the back by a good 2 inches to match my back measurement - A great alteration for other petites.
- Reduced the fullness of the skirt by 1 - 2 inches per side/back panel - To reduce the weight of the knit fabric.
- Reinforced the shoulder seams inside with non-stretchy cotton twill tape - To support the remaining, still-proportionally-substantial weight of the knit fabric.
- Added a strip of elastic at the waist in the back - Further support for that big ol' skirt! A knit mullet skirt, supported by its waistband, wouldn't have the skirt-weight problems.
- Made the neckline an inch and a half higher - This made the neckline fall where it should on my short torso. I also faced the neckline.
- Added sleeves - These elbow sleeves make it very flexible in temperate Wellington.