I wanted a nice cool dress to wear to a Christmas party/BBQ next month and I settled on Ottobre 02/2013-14 - the Jewelry dress.
In the magazine they have used a gorgeous large pattern repeat type print. I would love to find something like this to make the dress, but decided in the meantime I should use the fabric I have. I have chosen a black/white viscose twill which was bought at Tessuti awhile back.
However this is such a nice fabric I thought I should muslin the dress first. I decided to buy some fabric to make a trial dress as I know Ottobre fit me well enough to get a wearable dress. (Seems so much more productive than making a true muslin). So off to Spotties and luckily they still seem to have some nice rayons left.
I made the dress true to the pattern but subbed in a facing for a lining. This dress is going to be a casual week-end dress for hot days so a lining was not needed.
I am pretty happy with the fit from the pattern, but plan to make a few adjustments to the next one.
- narrow the shoulder width a little so it looks more like the dress modeled in the magazine. I think my shoulders are a size smaller than the size I used.
- adjust the back for swayback. It was hard to photograph in this fabric, but I have a little pool of fabric at my middle back.
The dress looks longer on me as I am shorter than Ottobre woman. I love the idea of having it shorter, but the legs are not really up to it anymore, so I will probably leave the length as is. As the next one will be more of a party dress I am toying with the idea of making it maybe an inch shorter. I shall see how I feel once it is made.
I love the darts on this dress. The bust darts originate at the armhole and so you have a shorter dart and it does not interrupt the pattern so much. There are also back neckline darts which make the neckline lie smooth against the body. You see this in vintage patterns but not so often in modern patterns, but it makes so much sense to curve the dress to your back/shoulder curves.
I have marked my changes on my pattern so I am ready to cut my second one soon. I have been wondering how this dress would be if cut on the bias?
Ciao kittens... hopefully another Jewelry dress next.