|Do you see it yet?|
|Now do you see it?|
...it's pretty much the same as my springy sheath. It's got the same basic shape, with four tucks in the front with hip pockets, darts in the back, a regular topstitched center back zipper, and tiny cap sleeves and a relatively high neckline. The only real differences are the lining, the neckline pleats, and the lack of a back vent in the RTW version. Oh, and the RTW version is one of my favorite dresses, and the me-made version is not. Armed with that crucial lens with which to reexamine my me-made version, I knew I had to try to make this pattern work for me, so I went to work with my measuring tape. Here are my findings:
- The biggest issue is the hip circumferences of the dresses (37" versus 40" makes a big difference in comfort when sitting down).
- The bust dart in the me-made version is an inch higher and and takes in about 1.5" more material per dart. Hence the pointy-dart issue. It looks like I need to redraft the dart and side seam on the pattern to allow for a skinnier dart that can taper more easily.
- The back skirt darts are two inches shorter on the me-made version. If they were longer, maybe they could take in some of the excess fabric above my butt.
- The sleeves on the RTW version are tiny caps, versus the larger caps on the me-made version; this makes a crucial difference in how high I can raise my arms. I like the look of the larger caps, but mobility is kind of important. I don't want to have ineffectual T-rex arms if I can help it.
- The bust and skirt lengths are the same, as well as the waist circumference, so at least I got that right without even trying.
- The fabric on the RTW version is a flannel-esque plaid, which has simultaneously more thickness and better drape. This means it skims the hips in a more flattering way than the me-made version, despite being less form-fitting. Also, it's lined.
|With only one side of half of the binding attached. |
I realized, belatedly, that my front point wasn't symmetrical.
Ah well, I can't be bothered enough to go back and fix it.