I’m not joking about it being little either! Either Christmas has not been kind on my waistline or I have been a little unrealistic on my actual measurements (again!) as can be seen by the groaning zip that took me a good ten minutes to force closed!
I started this dress just before Christmas, I’d been wanting a quick evening dress to make. Unfortunately I ran out of time before going off on holiday. There wasn’t much to do except finish off the zip area, hemming and some general tidying up.
Well I guess that teaches me to cut corners and make a muslin next time! I opted not to make the contrasting waistband and I also made a lining on the inside. I have never really come up with my own lining pattern before so I just cut the main part of the dress out in the shell fabric and in the lining fabric. I should definitely have put a bit more thought into that as the lining now also has pleats and I think this makes it more bulky around the midrift (in the pictures I think it makes my belly a lot rounder than it is) which is definitely not where I would want any extra bulk added!
Overall I’m quite happy with this dress, I won’t win any prizes with the construction of it but then again I didn’t set out to. As I tried on the dress for the photos, my mother kindly pointed out that I do have a tendency to make clothing that fits a bit too snug. I know really that I should be making adjustments but I just get lazy and then hope I can get away with it. (Which as I write this, I am thinking that isn’t that completely opposite to why most people go into dressmaking? To make things that fit you properly?) Maybe it is a size thing, the difficulty in admitting to yourself that you are a bigger size? I’d say it is probably a combination of the two for me, for I know next time, I really do need to make a muslin, a FBA and lengthen my dresses.