For the fba, I did the exercises for a side bust dart first. Then I asked about my pattern choice on the class board and worked on a paper tracing of the dress (I made a horizontal cut at the natural waist of the pattern and worked on only the top half). After working on the paper tracing for a bit, I figured out that the pattern has a modified dolman sleeve and therefore the side bust dart would not work.
Thankfully, another class participant talked about making a french dart. A french dart, what’s that? Thank goodness for the Internet – I googled it. And then I tried it. The first dart I made was HUGE! So, I turned the 1 dart into 2 and tested my two new darts with soil separator. Everything looked to be a go, so I drafted the pattern onto my standby – clear painter’s dropcloth.
7 hours of pattern manipulation later…I was ready to get on with sewing the fashion fabric! (I’m a slow worker – especially when I’m falling asleep over the work!) Sewing the dress was pretty easy. It is just a front, back, front band/facing piece, and neckband. I left off the sleeves for this first version. I used some brown linen I had in my stash (Color = “Potting Soil” from Joann’s sometime in the last 2 years). After sewing together the front and back, I found that I forgot to add 4” to the length in back…oh well. I lopped off the added length in front.
The neckline instructions include topstitching instructions (which is shown on the tunic view only) so I blindly followed the instructions and wound up with a topstitched front band. I just added topstitching to the cap sleeve and hem to complete the look. I actually like it now.
(Plain Pattern Project Dress #1) The Verdict
I was so pleased with myself for finishing a wearable item, I wore the dress to work last Thursday! The fit’s not perfect, but I thought I was super-cute – lol! I wore the dress without a belt or sash and it looked more like an a-line shift. MeToo (my duct tape dress form) modeled for me after work.
I do have to change the angle of dart #2. I just have to remember that with darts, all roads point to the bust apex…though the darts do remind me of arrows that way. I also have to remember to add the 4” in length for my next dress!
Next up, working through the princess seam fba!