I hope you’re not sick of reading about my WIPs (works in progress). This time its Felicity’s Formal dress: BurdaStyle 12/2013 #130
Whilst going through my fabric stash for something else, Felicity spied this polyester woven and wanted to know why it couldn’t be used for her Formal dress.
It’s certainly not the jacquard that the pattern calls for, but it does have some body. Perhaps?
I had to trial the alterations I’d made to the bodice of the pattern, so rather than using something stiff from the stash, I choose a softer drapier fabric, just to get a feel for how a non jacquard might work.
[Felicity has a head cold and is having a bad hair day. So her lovely face is not gracing the blog today!]
I think a softer fabric is going to work. After I get the fit right.
That extra fabric pooling between the bust and the shoulder at the armscye needs to go.
I need to move the apex of the dart darts back a bit. I tried rotating the darts up into the neck tucks, but it made the extra fabric pooling between the bust and the shoulder even worse than it is here. A dart will be less obvious in a pattern fabric.
The extra fabric between the shoulder and the bust is not so obvious from the side, but that bust apex needs to shrink
Arrgh, and now I see that the side seam is not vertical…
The back looks ok.
The over bodice will only be closed at the neck on the dress, but a second closure on the crop top makes it more wearable for Felicity (yes, she sees it as a wearable garment! not just a muslin!)
How to get rid of the fabric pooling?
A horizontal tuck above the bust looks like it might work. This is an alteration I often need to do for Felicity.
It does smooth things out. But now I have to both shorten and move the bust dart down!
What do you think? Other alterations needed? Leave the polyester woven in the stash and go look for a jacquard?