All those "Selfish Sewing" talks going on around the blogland got me to sew something for myself!
I bought Cappuccino Dress + Tunic sewing pattern last week, when the sew-along for this pattern was announced at Oliver + S blog. I have been wanting to try this pattern for a while, and it was just the push I needed.
I sewed the dress version since I really wanted to try those almost-invisible front pockets. And since this was the first time I was trying out the pattern, I choose quilting cotton to eliminate sewing issues. The fabric is designed by Juliana Horner and I got it from Jo-Ann last year. The flowers look like dianthus? (Nadeshiko), and they usually come in pink colors. But I am glad this fabric is blue...print like this in pink would not be right for me. Cotton voile from my stash was used for neck and sleeve trims.
So while the pattern instruction was clear and sewing the quilting cotton was not a problem, I had a fitting issue.
After I sewed the side seams and tried on the dress, I noticed the excess fabric making a huge wrinkle. I tried sewing different lines of side seams to see if this can be eliminated, but was not successful. I checked online to see if anyone else is seeing the same issue, but no one seems to be talking about it. I believe this problem was caused by: 1) neckband that was trimmer narrower, and 2) my flat chest ;p
After a little more internet search, I concluded the excess fabric in length was the issue. I really did not want to take the dress apart at this point, so I took in about a inch and half by creating huge darts across the bodice. It almost looks like the front has a separate yoke piece.
There is a back seam, but there is no zipper or buttons. That is one of the reasons I bought this pattern...I can use woven fabric and no zipper or buttons required!
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