I started with 2 patterns. Vogue 2962
And Butterick 5209
I used the whole bodice from the Vogue, because I really liked the gathers and folds over the bust on the original. It took a lot of fitting to get those pieces right. There is a LOT of fabric gathered over the bust in that pattern. I read a ton of reviews on it, most people significantly reduced the width of the bust pieces. I settled for cutting 3 sizes smaller and making 3 big pleats on each side instead of gathering. The pleats gave me the folds I liked, but didn't look quite as poofy as the gathers. The midriff panel is meant to be cut on the fold, but I cut it in 2 pieces, with extra width at the center to fold under for the button bands. The picture makes it looks like the front midriff panel is in 2 pieces, but it's not, there are just darts on either side of the center, that go all the way up to the seam under the bust.
Once I had the bodice from the Vogue pattern fitting well (in muslin form), I took the sleeve and back from the Butterick pattern and fit them into it. That was the part I had a hard time with. It would have been a lot easier if I had a dress form I could work on. Without it, there was a lot of trial and error, sewing and trying it on and undoing it and trying to fix it. The sleeve and back pieces weren't the right size at all, I think it would have been easier to just put the vogue bodice on a dress form and trace the outlines of the back and sleeve seams and make the back and sleeve pattern pieces from scratch. I also had to lower the under arm just a bit once I put the sleeves on, they were probably in a good place for a halter dress, but once sleeves were added, the underarm seam was really binding when I moved my arms.
The skirt was from scratch, but it's just rectangles, so not a difficult thing to draft.
It was a lot of work, which is why I like the idea of using the pattern at least one more time, it'll be more efficient than moving on to a whole new pattern and with fitting and modifying all over again.
If you're not attached to the gathered effect over the bust like I was, you could probably just use the Butterick pattern and modify that to have the button band on the midriff, it would a whole lot simpler.
Angelorum- WOW! I love the pink floral dress! You look amazing in it :) It is girly fun and classy- great job.
Okimom! Congratulations on the baby!
Katelove- I really want to try those but have no time :)
I am working on that crazy tractor quilt. I think I have all the supplies- and I have already made the center and just need to strip it out. My husband liked it at least. Seriously the simplest thing ever.
Finished this little baby sweater that has been irking me for a few months. I really wanted the button bands to be one of the contrast greens, so I knit them as intarsia, since the pattern is top down seamless construction. It would have been a whole lot less fiddly if I had just picked up stitches and knit them on after the sweater body was complete.
26/52 - Halfway!!
I have never knit in intarsia. I am not sure I even spelled it correctly. It is a beautiful sweater though. I am sewing today! Well in-between nursing the baby and breaking up fights over which episode of Lego ninjago to watch.... I am making DD1 2 pairs of summer pajama- she is in desperate need and we found some stash fabric that she likes. I need to finish up that quilt top and start the quilting it is just hard to get that all out with all the children and keep it clean since it is a wedding gift you know?
ive been tracking on ravelry.... lots of yarning going on... keeps the stress down...