So, yeah..it's been a while since I've reviewed anything. Honestly, it's been a while since I've sewn anything. And by "a while" I mean like 2 weeks. Yeah, I know. Go ahead, roll your eyes.
Anywho, my sewjo has waned once more. I was starting to fill a bit overwhelmed. My fabric stash has grown a bit. Not too much. It all still fits on the bookcase. But it's just enough growth to overwhelm me. I'm not a fabric hoarder, er, collector. I prefer not to have more fabric than I could reasonably sew. When I feel I have too much and I don't feel like sewing, it just equals fail. Also, my sewing room is a hot mess right now. It's easier to close the door than to clean.
Blah. Sigh. Moving on.
Ok, now review time. I took pictures of this dress a few weeks ago. I finished it over a month ago. I used Butterick 5949 view B but used Kwik Sew 3521 for the skirt. The fabric is poly crepe de chine from Fabric Mart, long since sold out. I used navy pongee for the lining.
The directions were good. I didn't have trouble fitting the bodice. The bodice does gape. A lot. I fused stay tape along the bias to prevent it, but it did nothing. Initially, I wanted to use Gertie's method involving twill tape but I couldn't figure out if I needed to do the same treatment to the lining as well as the bodice. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have just done it anyway. I kind of hate some instructions/tutorials for that reason. Why bother introducing a new technique if you're not going to cover the major scenarios...lining being one of them?
The gaping is a problem. I have to discreetly use a safety pin to keep it closed. I didn't have this issue during my muslin phase.
Overall, it's a cute dress and I do enjoy wearing it. If I make it again, I will use twill tape on the front.
That's enough for now. I have three things I want to accomplish this month: a shirt dress, knit wrap dress and a denim wrap skirt. We'll see how this goes.