Fitting remained the big issue. The dress was unflattering, didn’t have enough shape and was overall too big - I could get it on and off without using the zip. I wasn't sure how much of this was due to me having altered the pattern bodice length and hence the upper side panel lengths, perhaps reducing the amount of shaping they were providing. I assumed that the main problem was in how I had sewn together the junctions at the side - that is the junction between upper and side panels, back and front and junction between back and front. I knew the way I had done this didn’t look as good as it should have done and couldn’t be correct but I had tried several times to improve without any success. I have still not found the instructions but remain hopeful.
|This is simply pinned, so there are some drag lines and it's crushed as was in my bag. |
Armholes and neckline are raw edges with full seam allowance of 5/8"
|It's sunny outside - you can see how thin the fabric is|
|You can see that I wasn't comfortable standing in this position!|
|It now seems to be shorter at the back|
|These are not vanity photos!!|