I really love wearing my first version of this dress, and can honestly say that it hasn't made it into the cupboard yet. It generally goes straight from the line, back to being worn again. Well, sometimes via the floordrobe for a few days.
As I mentioned when I wrote up the first dress however, it did have some shortcomings. The fabric doesn't have the best recovery, so it tends to
|Check out my chevron side seam!|
I took out some of the excess at centre front, by taking darts out of the pattern from the neckline down to the seam line at the waist. I made sure to redraw the waist line so that it was symmetrical from left to right, as you would really notice if it wasn't with the stripes!
I took out 1cm of length in the bodice, midway down the armhole, so that as well as stopping the bodice sagging, the armhole wouldn't sag too low either. That's pretty much it pattern wise. When wearing the dress for the photo shoot, I did notice that the armhole seems too high. I'm secretly hoping that after it's been washed a few times that it will start to stretch out, so I don't have to unpick it and make it lower.
In the construction, I used a narrower elastic in the waist seam, and I sewed it on prior to the waist seam, within the seam allowance. No more elastic sticking to my waist! I also did not have to tack the fronts together, and the dress still sits firmly in place.
I thought I'd try to teach the kids how to take photos for me so that I have a photographer on hand at all times, you know, for emergency photo shoots. I think they did pretty well, don't you? All of the outside shots (ie all but one that I used) were taken by them. Apart from a few fingers showing up, the biggest issue was that they tended to let the camera tilt off to one side. When my son was behind the lens I spent a lot of time doing this, to show him how much the camera needed to move. I have a few photos like this.
This fabric has about the same amount of stretch as the original, but is much more stable, so I am hoping that it won't stretch too much with everyday wash and wear, although a bit more space around the armholes would be nice.
Stretching and sagging aside, I think the reason I wear the original version of this dress so much, apart from the style, is that the fabric (not sure, but I'm assuming it's mostly, if not 100% cotton) is so soft and comfortable. This striped version, however is a viscose lycra mix, so not as soft or breathable. Will I end up wearing it as often? Only time will tell.
What is it that makes a garment your favourite to wear?