Hello! Here is another catch up post. I meant to make this leopard print dress in January but hey, that didn't happen. I did manage to make it after I used the top half for my black glitter jersey dress (see previous post) got out the material and just kept going..
What I did: I read various reviews of this dress and made the neckline facing, which is a doubled over strip of straight material turned to the inside and top stitched, 6cm shorter than the given length to give the right firmness. I shortened the bodice by 2cm in the middle back tapering to 1.5cm at the sides and front. I should have gone 2cm all round. I narrowed the sleeve by 1.5cm taken off the back arm seam to make it fall right otherwise it was floppy. I made the pockets but wish I'd kept them off. They draw attention where I don't need it.
Conclusion: It's wearable but not an immediate favourite.
The second item which was made back in January is a little exercise top from lisette B6182. I originally made the dress in a loud 60's print last year, not blogged, because it was a disaster and I put it in the charity bin. But on the bright side this is the second knit top I have made and wear it often, mostly when I go out on the bike but want to drop into a shop on the way back and want something on that doesn't immediately scream 'work out wear' (although I have seen people shop in braille workout tops!)
Yeah I should have pulled the side down in the second photo but you still get and idea of the silhouette. If/when I make it again I will lengthen it slightly and also make it a bit less trapezey.
In fact I think that was what went wrong with the dress version, the trapeze dress silhouette felt like it was visually dragging me down. My basic silhouette/body-skeleton shape is rectangle and dresses with that silhouette suit me best. I can then play with the horizontal (waist) line either raising it a third or lowering it a third, the classic 'flapper' outline. In fact the only vintage period I have ever really worn well is 1920's do-the-Charleston era. Must revisit that sometime!
Here's an interesting you tube video talking about sewing for your proportions from Stitch 2 Fit
https://youtu.be/okswb1nrZzc It's about 8 minutes in.
I'll be getting out the calculator!
Progressive Stash Tally.
Fabric: 11 out, 3 in.
Stash Patterns used.