It's OK, the first dress does not have to be made until the 9th of June and the second on the 14th of July... phew. I will go to these weddings in 100% Caffy couture!
Finally, I have a muslin to work on- but this has not happened by fairy-dust and magic, oh no, this is a tough dressmaking jigsaw puzzle. Almost like doing a 1000 piece Monet 'Water Lillies' jigsaw puzzle- easy to get the bits mixed up!
The Bombshell dress is a steep learning curve for me. I thought that I was steady away in my progress with the muslin and then I realised that opposing grain-lines are not good... I had inadvertently sewn the bust section upside down. The bust of this dress is a 3-part nightmare. I had sewn the piece number 1 upside down and the wrong way round. Tsk. So I had to re-cut #1 and then resew. It now looks like a decent example of a bodice of a dress, rather than subversive, weird pockets.
Being petite in height and bust has meant that I have cut the dress to the smallest size.
I am making some changes though, see below. Headless pics due to Sunday face-mask day, so I have spared you.
Obviously I will be making the changes on both sides of the bodice. I am hoping to flatten out that stomach area and make it as flattering as possible. I know that the boning and the linings are going to go in, but I am using a pretty similar fabric to the muslin material (cotton) to make my 2 wedding guest dresses.
The bottom black thread line is where the dress waist will end and the skirt begin.
So I have made these changes to the pattern...
|The original 7 bodice pieces|
So essentially, I am just changing pieces 5 and 7. Do you think that this will suffice?
The only thing that I am planning on doing is pulling the waist in a touch as I have a freakishly small waist. As far as the bust is concerned, I think that a bit of wadding will do the trick to soften the duck-bill look of it right now. I might also lengthen pieces 4, 5, 6 and 7 (the waist sections) 1.5cm.
But please, if you have any further suggestions... go right ahead and let me know, this is a first for me.
Here is a 360 of the bodice....
So, now I make these two sections again and then see how things look with a bit of a nip and tuck, number 2 of the Bombshell Sessions coming next Sunday....