I'm back!! It has been a busy couple of months for me. During my absence from blogging, my family moved back to the U.S. from Germany. We started out in a hotel for 10 days, then relocated to a camper for 2.5 weeks, while waiting to close on a house. It has been an adventure--a family of 5 in a 24' camper, all the while starting new schools and my husband starting a new job. If nothing, we are a flexible family! I'm enjoying fabric stores--it's so nice to be able to feel fabric instead of just shopping online.
Last week I purchased this pattern:
Size 10 bodice graded out to a 12 at the waist
Shortened the dress hem by 5 inches
Shortened the sleeves by 1.25 inches
1/2 inch swayback adjustment
I made the mini dress! I'm 5'1 and the length of this dress hit way below the knee before I trimmed it--not so mini on me. I know I'm not tall, but compared to other patterns, I think this runs a little longer on me than most. Thank goodness I didn't add length to it like I had originally planned to do!
It is a little fiddly making the twist area, but not hard. I think it would definitely be easier to do with a solid color fabric. At one point when I was finishing up with the twist area, I seriously thought it was not going to come together. It just looked like a lump of fabric on my table and I thought, "oh geez, what now?" The pattern instructions are good though and if you follow them, it will come together nicely.
For the swayback adjustment, I referred to Nancy Zieman's "Pattern Fitting with Confidence" book and the way she explains how to do a swayback is so easy. I thought it would be a complicated and involved process, but it wasn't. In fact, it only took a minute or two to make the pattern adjustment.
Normally I do a forward, sloping shoulder adjustment. After looking at the bodice pieces and the way they are cut, I decided not too. I just wasn't quite sure how to do it. And besides, it is a knit and I figured everything would just fall into place on its own. LOL
Also I want to note that the sleeves are pretty roomy. Sometimes pattern sleeves can be a little tight on me, but no worries, this pattern has plenty of ease there if you find sleeves run tight.
Fabric purchased at Joann's.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley