So I'm making Vogue 1135 - a Chado Ralph Rucci designer dress with lots of pintucking and gussets, and bias pieces, etc. for my February garment. Well, to start off with, I had the wrong size pattern and it looks a nightmare to try and size it down a few sizes. Since it's now OOP and I bought it ages ago (probably not paying attention to the size and just grabbing it on sale), I knew it wouldn't fit. Thankfully, ebay came to my rescue with a new, smaller pattern. That was the first mistake (wrong size pattern). Here's the pattern drawing below. I had the DD size (12 - 18) and needed the AAX size (4 - 10).
Then, I decided to buy some cheapo knit fabric from Wal-Mart to make my muslin. Now, I can't really blame the fabric for the sewing mistakes that I was about to make, all I can really do is blame it on my lack of concentration and trying to rush the muslin.
Once I traced the pattern and cut out the pieces, the errors began to multiply. First, I sewed the wrong sides (or would that be right sides in this case?) of the top front and back together. Well, I didn't notice at the time, but this caused me to sew the gussets under the arms in incorrectly as well - not just one time, but 3 times! Holy cow! I think that is a record for me. Then, the midriff piece went in incorrectly as well. Oh joy!
|Front view of the muslin|
Next came the skirt. Somehow I managed to trace the correct "Cut Here for Lining" line on the front, but managed to trace a tuck line on the back - so now my side seams don't match either. Aye, yi, yi! I did, miraculously manage to sew these two pieces together correctly though. Yippee - one piece is right (sort of)!
View of the other side isn't any prettier! Just so you know, those little square dangly pieces at the underarms are meant to be there. They are little stabilizer squares because the angle of the gusset is so sharp, it needs a little something extra there so the seam doesn't rip.
So now my muslin is sewn half right sides together and half wrong sides together. Lovely! Oh well, at least it's the practice garment and not the real thing! And, I know how it fits. Maybe I could add some lace to it and wear it as a nightgown! Ha! Ha!
All is not lost though - I did learn quite a few things from this:
1. I do not need to install the invisible zipper in the back. I can pull it over my head just fine.
2. I do need to take it in at the back waist a little. This will make it a little more fitted in the waist - and cause another problem in the process - the lining up of the pintucks.
3. Because I will need to take in the dress at the waist, I think I will wait to do the pintucks south of the midriff panel until the garment is almost finished. I may even leave off the last pintuck on the top portion above the midriff panel as well because of the waist fitting.
4. I need to be more diligent and accurate in my markings. There are alot of circles and squares and notches that need to line up in this dress so I need to take my time when cutting it out and be sure to mark every single one of them!
5. I will trace the pintuck lines onto the dress, but understand that they will need to be adjusted - probably freehand the final lines when the dress is near completion.
6. Lastly, give it a break for a few days! I think I've been thinking about it too much and need to do something mindless for awhile!
Until next time!