Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April MAGAM Progress

Progress has been made on my April MAGAM Challenge!

Starting with the muslin fitting...

I traced a size 12 at the bust and hips tapering to an 8 at the waist. 

The pic on the left is the dress with no changes.   It was close, but there was just too much room around the middle for my liking so I started adding darts on the dress form.  After adding 2 darts in the front and 2 in the back along with taking in the hips a little, I think the final fit is much more flattering. Still a little on the loose side since this is supposed to be a loose fitting sheath dress, but not so much that it will be puddling at my waist when I sit down.  

More pics.  Back before, during and after.  

And finally the hips before, during and after.

The theme for this month is to use the oldest piece of fabric from your stash and these are the lucky pieces - a selection of silks, linens and cotton.  I want to highlight the middle fabric - the one with the checks and squares somehow so I thought I'd do some pencil drawings again.

Below is the line drawing from the back of the pattern envelope - Vogue 1382 - an Anne Klein dress.

And here are my penciled drawings trying to determine the layout I prefer.  The highlight fabric placement is just too much in this location.

I like the placement at the top neckline and maybe the pockets.  The stripes on the sides will be the black linen with white stripes.  This is the placement I finally decided on - but I'll throw in the other designs as well so you can see the differences.  

Check on the bottom here was just way, way too much!

I was close on this one too.  It was my second choice.
Here's a trial-run of the fabric in the #2 placement shown above.  I've added some snap tape between the two middle front sections - not sure if I'll do this in the final product or not - I'm thinking it looks a little "Rockstarish" here.  

That's it for now.  Time to cut out the actual pieces and start sewing!

Happy sewing everyone!



  1. wow this is going to look amazing! Agree with #2 also. And the squared fabric is my favourite so good to see you incorporated that one. It looks effective but subtle in its allocated places! :)

  2. I love your drawings 😄 They do give an idea of the combinations. I must try that. I think it'll look really good! Regards Trish S

    1. Thanks Trish. I've only just started sketching out designs but I think it works well.