My love of African wax print fabrics continues to burn strongly. Even after sewing two of them up.
First up was the ghost fish.
This is based on BurdaStyle 07/2016 #117
I really liked the asymmetric and wrapped straps of this design, but I wanted to check the fit and style before committing to the fabric I had in mind for this dress. So I traced off just the right side and mirrored it.
I forgot to measure myself and measure the pattern. I just traced out a 42. Well, at least that’s what I think I did. The bodice and skirt darts didn’t match up, so perhaps I didn’t?? Any way. Whatever.
It was way too tight through the bust and a bit tight through the waist. There was no way that zip was doing up all the way.
I could have donated this dress, but I really wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the fabric.
What to do? I’d already faced and finished the neckline so I didn’t want to open up the princess seams. Since they were already trimmed and overlocked (I know, rookie mistake), I wasn’t going to get much out of them anyway. And there were no side seams. A lovely design feature. But not so good when alternations are required.
So, I had to do it. Had to slice through where the side seams should be, and add a black ‘racing stripe’ down the side. Right through that beautifully positioned dark vertical stripe I had spent quite a bit of time on when cutting out. Oh well. It did give me another 3 cm in width.
Now wearable. And having pockets makes it both wearable and lovable!
Plus who wouldn’t love a navy and yellow dress with ghost fish?!