I'm making a dress. Its from a commercial pattern, and its for an upcoming wedding I'll be going to next month. Knowing how pattern sizing is always off, I've made a test from some dollar fabric to see how it fits. According to the pattern envelope, I should be between a 14 and 16 – so I cut a size 10 and guess what, it's still a bit too big.
But sizing aside, what do you think? I know there are a lot of very experienced sewers out there who have given advice before – can I ask for your fitting advice on this test please?
The front view looks not too bad, although I'm not too keen on those chubby bits by my armpits. It's my least favorite body part – do you think I should try to bring up the bodice front by reducing the amount of gathering in those pieces and sewing them in higher up on the front V ? Or should I try to make the bodice side pieces bigger to allow them to be gathered all the way including the extra height? It's a funny shaped piece so it would be a bit of trial and error.
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Perhaps this is down to the gathering in the back of the skirt. I can understand and appreciate the gathering in the front of the skirt, but by gathering in the center of the back skirt piece, am I adding in too much extra fabric around my middle and therefore making me look too square? Suggestions for how to deal with the back skirt – should I keep the fabric the same size and exchange the gathers for a simple central back pleat? Or try to redraft the back skirt piece to match the bodice size and exclude the back gathers all together? Or keep the gathers ?
All advice very much appreciated.
And did you catch a glimpse of another dress I'm working on? A smart red and black number for the evening dinner – more to come on this one later – if I can make this one work too.