I've just made the first muslin/toile/practice/mockup/whatever you want to call it of my Dream Choir Dress. I'm using the bodice of BurdaStyle pattern 02/2011 Dress with gathered rectangle skirt and cap sleeves, with a circle skirt and invisible zipper. It's going to be black haven't quite decided what type of material yet - any suggestions? And I'm also wanting to make a teal petticoat (using this tutorial from Sugardale) and a matching teal belt using one of the belt kits from A Fashionable Stitch. So many new techniques to try out!
So, specifications for the dress - it can't have too low a neckline or too short a skirt, so I can still wear it to performances at fancy places or more conservative places like nursing home concerts. Also can't be too tight, as I have to (obviously) be able to take full, deep breaths while wearing the dress, and not too tight around the sleeves/armholes so I can still move my arms around.
Here's pictures of the first go - with the seams/darts on the outside, then with them on the inside. I've turned the neck seam allowance down, but I haven't done it on the armholes. Also, please excuse my belly poking out (the top of my shorts doesn't quite meet up with the bottom of the bodice, haha) and the strapping tape on my shoulders.
I'm reasonably happy with how it's fitting, but I'm not entirely sure if that's how it's supposed to fit!
My wishlist of alterations so far is:
- Raise the front of the neckline about an inch
- Move the inside edge of the shoulder seam inwards (or something) - it keeps slipping off my shoulders! What's the best way to fix this problem?
- Somehow make the bust darts less pointy-outy - they look quite weird!
- Something to make the back less weird - no idea what! It could just be the material or the way I'm standing though