I got the bright idea to cut a dress earlier this week based on the fact that the fabric is seven years aged in stash as is the pattern, and I wanted a new dress for summer. However, I didn’t really think through my plan, and so I have this unfinished project.
Mistake number one, not checking what alterations were needed for success. I always have to shorten the bodice, but the bust point matched mine, so I just went ahead with the size 10 through the shoulders out to a 12 under the bust. That’s it. Umm, I know better, I swear, but look at this wreck. The bust dart comes up and over my bust point. How on Earth is that supposed to work for anyone?
Oh, in case it isn’t obvious, this is just basted together for all of the vertical seams to check the fit. I knew that the bodice was wonky, so I figured if I assembled enough I could decide if this is worth salvaging. I have enough fabric to recut a front bodice, but nothing else.
The marked waistline is at my waist here and you can see the extra length present in both the front and back bodice pieces. The front is slightly less terrible as I did not do a full bust adjustment, though a slight one would have helped if nothing else than dropping that bust point as right now there is too much fabric above the waist but instead of the mass of horizontal wrinkles, the fabric has enough body to just lift away from my shoulders.
Ignoring the not great zipper basting job here, look at all of the wrinkles in the small of my back. The back bodice ended up being huge and I really do need a narrow shoulder adjustment going forward. If this were finished properly, my bra straps would definitely be visible. The back neckline gapes by a ton, and the back dart is going too far into my shoulder blade. This would be a total wadder if not for the fact that the color looks fantastic in the pictures. I just don’t know how motivated I am to fix this, though on the plus side, it is another 2.5 yards of material out of stash.