I have some Hawaiian fabric I got in Honolulu over the 4th of July and want to sew up and enjoy it. It’s not a particularly precious fabric, it’s a poly/cotton blend with a floral border print. Pretty darn inexpensive (about $5/yard) in fact. I just like it and don’t want to make a hash out of making a dress with it. I was attracted to McCall’s 6833 because it had that nice pleated skirt I’ll need for the border print skirt, and the bodice looks pretty cute too. I decided to make the view C bodice because I wanted to get a lot of wear out of it and my need for a strappy, un-bra-wearable dress isn’t too greatl.
So bodice muslin commenced and my first reaction was: Madonna cone bra. Check it out, I snapped a boob picture in profile so you could see the pointy darts. I’ve made my muslin from a gorgeous remnant of Japanese
cotton, much more gorgeous than my poly Polynesian print fabric and it still looks like ass. That doesn’t bode well, does it?
So my options are to redraft the front cups and raise that neckline while I’m there. Heck, I’m not breast feeding so that’s too much cleavage for a day dress. Which is a fair bit of work. Then remuslin.
Pick a different darn pattern! Maybe take the bodice from my super fabulous, much worn Simplicity 1419 dress from May (! where’s the time gone!) and frankenpattern it to the McCall’s skirt? I’d redraft the Simplicity neckline to a simple round neck, leave off the collar, sleeves and slit and that should work, I think.
Why is this dress so hard to bring to fruition? I may just think all that over and make something else while I mull it over. A palate cleanser so to speak. I’m tired thinking of it. No wonder I’m obsessed with jam. Hull fruit, squish and cook!