It took me a while to get around to making this - I did the pattern piecing, tracing, adjustments and cutting in a short time, then of course got distracted by other things.
Here is my first go at it. Of course with my figure, this wasn't a quick and easy make at all. I made the following adjustments:
- A full bust adjustment
- Added some extra width in the back (am not just large in the chest, I have big shoulders and a wide back - it's a winning combination...)
- Added some length (not enough, from the looks of these pictures)
You can see those darts better in the picture below:
I am not sure if those darts are as well executed as I might like. They certainly add the right shape and remove the fabric as I expected, but the fabric doesn't really hang as I would like and so they look a bit obvious I think.
I am not sure whether that's because they are too long, too wide (I think too wide) or am just not used to darts in a fabric like this. I think (from the shot below) that they should be slightly narrower and slight longer - to taper to nothing more effectively.
This poorly captured back shot shows what I mean about the darts looking awkward. Not hideous (they actually look better in person than in these pictures) but not great either.
SO. What do I think of this pattern? I think I will always have fit issues with a dress and no dress pattern will ever prove me wrong :) This pattern seems quite flattering and comes a lot closer to being something I will feel comfortable wearing than anything else I have made myself in a dress (this is the one exception - I LOVE this dress, though the style isn't really casual). I imagine a few further small adjustments and this could really be a Go To pattern for me, so that's a plus.
I do think there are still some oddities in the dress (not sure if they are mine or the patterns). If you look at the pictures of everyone else who has made this dress, there is a funny crease from the side of the arm to just above the breast. I don't really have that crease but I do have a bit of an excess of fabric in that area (again - that bit could me but everyone else has a fitting weirdness in that spot also...). You can see the excess in the picture below:
I am not sure what the deal is there. I actually feel like the cap sleeve is a little tight so I might try and play with that (maybe turn it under again?) to try and release the tightness and also get rid of the fabric there. It could well still be my FBA, which to me seems to sit a little low...I might also take it in a teensy bit more at the hip and thigh area, which could help with the dart draping. I didn't press the side seam before these pictures, which makes it look more oddly hanging than it really is.
All up I think I would happily wear this dress as is, though I really want to sort out the back darts. It's hot here today and I nearly wore it out, but I feel like just a little bit more effort when I get back tonight will nail it as a bit of a wardrobe staple. Am already thinking of a few top versions, perhaps a colour blocked version and a winter heavy weight version for layering. The GoTo bit seems an apt name in this case!
What do you think? Flattering or in need of more work than I think?