“Your take on a Simplicity Make”
….it sounds so easy, doesn’t it? But just how can you show your individuality in a dress?
I had considered using some unusual fabric – maybe combining two colours, to separate the bodice, waistband and skirt.
Or maybe I should move the zip to the side and have a plain back.
Different still, would be losing the zip completely, and putting a front buttoned opening to make the dress into a shirt dress, although the thought of those buttons has me breaking out in a cold sweat!
I even considered taking a leaf out of a previous year’s winner’s book, and making the dress into top and skirt separates.
In the end, I decided to try adding elbow-length sleeves. I dug out some fabric oddments and made a rough version of the bodice, using version C with straps. I drafted a rough sleeve using another pattern I had as a template, and stitched them in.
Realisation 1 was that a boatneck style neckline with straps was never going to work – the straps slid off my shoulders almost instantly, pulling the sleeves with them.
I thought then maybe I needed to go for a smaller size, so I cut a size 10 from another selection of oddments, but realisation 2 was that a size ten made the armsyce way too snug so that it felt like I was about to bust the seam stitches each time I moved,
So it’s back to the original idea of a size 12, and I have just enough oddments left over to make another mockup version to check the fit before I cut into my ‘proper’ fabric.
Wish me luck – I think I’ll need it!