This dress was sewn from a pattern I traced off an Alannah Hill dress I own and love. I attended a class on how to copy a RTW garment at Tessuti Melbourne and came away with the completed pattern. A real highlight of the class was hammering pins through my dress to secure it flat. The fabric is a relatively inexpensive cotton sateen from Lincraft with a small amount of stretch. I have gotten a huge amount of wear out of this dress since I completed it approximately two months ago.
I used flat fell seams for the side and waist seams and seam binding for the center back, neckline, armholes and hem. It was initially a little tight at the hips causing the dress to ride up so I let the center back seam out a little.
The original dress had cap sleeves but I didn’t like the look with this fabric and omitted them. Due to this my armholes gaped badly at the front. I solved this by adding extra darts. They are nearly invisible in the fabric and add some very helpful bust shaping.
I highly recommend the Tessuti class as I came away with a much better understanding of the transition betweed the 2D paper pattern and the 3D garment. Especially in relation to armholes and sleeve ease.
I’ve gotten pretty lazy with this blog and have a group of finished garments waiting their turn to be blogged. I do appreciate having this record of what I have sewn but it is so easy to fall out of the habit. Coming up will be my completely impractical New Years Eve outfit.