Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cross Front Gown

 Super yay! I spent the day yesterday working on my new cross front dress and the product has come out very well indeed. Again I'm using the Elegant Ladies Closet pattern from S&S and I'm having a much easier time working with it.

So lets review the last dress that I made from this pattern (which is off display due to it's current habitation of a vacuum storage bag). But anyhoo as I was preparing to delve back into this pattern I revisited the pattern pieces that I had cut out. You would have thought that I didn't own a tape measure or that I was having delusions of grandeur. I was off by two sizes! Doh!!! So my first day working on this project was spent re tracing and re cutting the pieces I needed while watching New Moon, washing and ironing my fabric. The other problem that I discovered is that I can't read directions to save my life. I had sewn the front skirt panels together.... how I had ever thought I was going to wear it is beyond me. 

Finally I've gotten somewhere. And with a  little inspiration from another sewing journal I added the extra piece of fabric between the bodice and skirt.

Now I have to say I was making this just to test the pattern again. So I have a few things I will be changing if I do this again. The pattern offers an additional skirt panel to be sewn to the front so that I will not gap while sitting walking etc. and in my case I believe I will need to add this. I would also like to take some of the fullness out of the shoulder and bust and have it be slightly lower cut. 

One change I did make and I'm not sure if it will pan out yet is the addition of a little, for lack of a better term at the moment, pad??? It's early and I can't think of the word. But I just mocked it up and stuffed it with a little netting I had hanging around in the fabric bin and there it was.

I tried doing a little tracing as a guide.

There's the stuffing.

And the almost finished product. I'm going to attempt to attach this with three hook and eyes at the middle back. 

A vast improvement on it's predecessors. Happy sewing ;)

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