Friday, March 07, 2008

The Dress

Whoever or whatever is controlling the weather has a nasty sense of humor. I probably could have made it into work on Wednesday, but after the 200th snowstorm (slight exaggeration, but go with me), I just couldn't face crawling down the highway in my wee little Escort, while giant SUVs and their 4-wheel drive transmissions zoomed around me yet again. So I stayed home. And cut out the dress pattern pieces.

A couple of problems emerged, which may seem like an obvious outcome since I have NO idea what I'm doing.

1. The pattern (and most patterns) calls for the fabric to be 45" or 60". My fabric is 36". I have more than enough, but it means the pieces will need to be cut out perpendicularly to the way they should be, which could create a problem with draping (fabric has "grain", as it turns out). I don't think this is a big problem.

2. A much bigger problem is that it is (or will be) too small. Better I know it now, than spend much blood, sweat, and tears sewing this dress and then discover my need for a corset. So. It's a problem. A 4" problem.

1954 Vogue Pattern

Here's the picture again. The size issue is mainly in the waistline, the bodice should be fine, except where it meets the waistline. How hard could it possibly be to resize the waist? I would only need to add an inch per side of each piece. Another way to resize might be to add less per side, and make the pleats a little less deep. The bodice is four pieces, I'd only need to resize the two pieces which make up the lower half. It looks easy enough to redraw the angle. Yeah. I hear you laughing.

I'm going to buy some muslin (very cheap cotton) and do a quick and dirty mock up before diving into the real thing. You know how I know about muslin? Project Runway, of course!

MichMash: I love "Dial M for Murder"
(and really, anything by Hitchcock). The 1950's were so stylish. I wouldn't want to live in that decade, not exactly a great time for women, minorities or individuality, but I think Design (clothes, cars, household goods, etc.) was really at a peak.

2 comments:

Sharon said...

I *love* Project Runway! (Chris was robbed.) Actually, you're supposed to add girth by slicing vertically into the pattern piece from the bottom of the bodice and speading to widen. My mother always said I was "chunky" and that's how she made a bigger waist for me.

Stef said...

Oooo! You are so brave. Not only a dress, but a re-make of the pattern. I can't wait to see how it turns out.