Thursday, 18 July 2013

Pattern drafting - week 7

First of all, I wanted to thank you all for the nice comments about my Sorbettos. You guys are great! I hope you haven't forgotten about this dress! We had an extra session last night above the shop at Darn It and Stitch. While it was absolutely sweltering, progress was made.

Before the session I had managed to get the darts in on the front. This was tricky as they needed to merge with the curved seam line of the side panels. Plenty of basting later and this is the result. At that point I hoped that the silk lining wouldn't stretch again. 

New front darts

Well that was wishful thinking! Let's talk about the bustier now, we will get to the stretching again soon. I also put this together before the class. The bustier is, quite frankly, the most fiddly thing I have put together. Ever. It was fun though as I only had the toile that my teacher created to work from. I unpicked one side to find out how it was constructed and then used that as my pattern. The other side was left in case I needed it as a reference. Somehow I managed to stitch everything together on the wrong side which meant a LOT of unpicking. I can now honestly say that I hate unpicking chiffon, it takes so long as the potential for holes is extremely high.

I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to get the pleats in place and stitch them in so I left them overnight. I found myself thinking carefully about the construction while trying to drift off to sleep and hit upon it. This is the only good part about having very noisy neighbours at midnight! I just pinned the pleats in place and hand stitched them with a running stitch from the back, keeping the thread hidden under the top layer. It took an hour to do this but I was pleased with the result. Now, can you see the problem with it in the photo below?

Bustier with pinned pleats

Yep, the right side (left in the photo) had stretched at the top. A fitting in the class showed this. I couldn't face unpicking it again so my teacher opened up the side and clipped the seam (I may have forgotten to do that) which worked perfectly. We also had to reposition the centre seam. What did this mean? Yes, more unpicking! The lower two pleats moved in the alteration but I finally got them to match reasonably well. 

From here I moved on to adding the bias tape to the neckline. Again this took a while as the chiffon likes to move but they are both in now, with the help of a catch stitch. I love the fact that you can hardly see it in the photo.

Bias tape

Now the really exciting part. I basted the neckline and bustier to the front. That's it, I now have a dress! Here's a sneak preview. 

Sneak preview

I also got the pattern for my sleeves which was incredible to watch. My teacher had pulled a pattern out of thin air for another member earlier in the class. It did feel like magic, or perhaps that was the heat getting to us. This was used as the basis for mine. We have added some puff to them and they will be gathered at the top and bottom. These, installing the zip as well as fitting and perhaps stitching the bustier in place, is my homework for the weekend. Good job I'm not back at work until Tuesday!


12 comments:

  1. Ooooh, that bustier is really impressive looking! I'm glad you stuck with it!

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    1. Thanks Gail, I'm learning that patience does give results!

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  2. It does look lovely Claire. I think I would not have perservered with something as naughty as chiffon. Can't wait to see the finished dress.

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    1. I'm not sure I will be working with it again anytime in the near future!

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  3. I love the way you've shared this whole process with us, and I really cannot wait to see the finished dress.

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  4. The anticpation is building! Sounds like you have got a lot of homework for the weekend. Good luck with it all and great work and perseverance so far!

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    1. Thanks Kirsty. I feel the finishing line is in sight.

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  5. Oh, I can feel the big reveal coming up - you've worked so hard, really looking forward to seeing it finished :)

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    1. Thank you, I''m now hoping it turns out well at the final stages.

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  6. Ohhh! This is looking good- I can't wait for the reveal :D

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    1. Thank you. I'm so pleased people are looking forward to seeing it.

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