Sunday, 19 March 2017

Polka Dots at the Museum



Hey everyone! Quick post from me today! You may have noticed my blog is full of tumbleweed; it will continue to be for the next few months as I do the last year of my degree!

Here's me a while ago at the Dowse vintage beach wear exhibition "At the beach". It was full of fun retro garments!

The dress is the same one I made here, but I made it with ruffles on the straps. Next time I would place a wider ruffle in the front as the party is all in the back!
I also added a very narrow button band to the front.


I really like this dress, but just as with my other version of it, the waist seam is all over the place.
I think because there is no structure at the top of the bodice, just straps, it shifts everywhere. The heavier bodice in front seems to pull the garment forward so the back waist raises up.
Not a huge deal but I wish I knew how to solve it!

Why do I look so stern here?
The other thing about the bias straps is that they relax over time and my armholes become a little lower.
Last time the bias on the sides of the skirt dropped, so this time I attached the ruffle without overlocking the seam, then let it hang for a few days and droop, and THEN I unpicked the sides of the ruffle and levelled the top part of the skirt. This leaves the ruffle a uniform length. It was a bit of a pain! But I felt the skirt might not drop enough if the ruffle wasn't attached and weighing it down.






I'll leave you with a picture of me looking like a complete dork trying to pose like a mannequin.