Thanks again for your wishes about my health, esp KID, MD! I might very well take all the pix of my films and post them on flicker for your review!
Last night I started Butterick 5559 view B. I spent most of today working on it and I think it's finished!
AmandaS also made this dress, but in winter white. Check out her version here.
Here's the pattern envelope. Instantly I could tell those sleeves would be too tight for my biceps. So I made the sleeveless view B.
I used navy blue ponte roma knit from Joann's. It's $12.99 a yard, the buttery soft stuff!
I sewed a 14 grading to a 16 at the hip. It worked out. Phew!
Instead of using the facings that are for view B, I used the neck facing for view A, then twin needle stitched the armholes. I also twin needle stitched the hem.
This dress has a lot of tucks, and some tucks have darts underneath them. I read reviews on Pattern Review that said to make sure to carefully trace the darts and tucks. That is true; otherwise they won't line up on the side seams.
Here's my left side; they mostly line up.
And my right side; they line up except the top one under the armhole. That's because I wound up taking a triangle out of the armhole down to the bust (on both sides, actually).
Here' s the back. This dress actually has a great opportunity for a swayback adjustment as the dress is actually cut as a top and bottom that's then sewn together. So the horizontal seam is already there in the back for swayback adjustment. However, by the time I remembered, I had already put the tuck in. I didn't do a swayback adjustment and it doesn't look too bad. I don't know, maybe I'll unpick it and fix it later.
on emma, front
on emma, back. Actually I sewed down one tuck in the back almost all the way across to see what it would look like. If you look carefully, you can see it. I will unpick that.
But just as cool are the inside of the tucks, as I realized when I turned the dress inside out last night as I was working on it. The tucks are supposed to be ironed down but they don't seem to stay down; if that annoys you, sewing the tucks to the inside is a neat effect:
I am catsitting chez moi. Here's Viktor, also known as Buddy, or my fuzzy therapist:
He has already perused my fabric stash:
and spent a lot of time looking out the window on this incredibly rainy day
touch my belly
Inspecting the bathroom sink
and then taking a nap, half on the ironing board and half on the cutting table. Looks comfy!
Be well and good night!