8/31/10

Sewing what I See

with an end-result of disaster.  I've had B5309 dress pattern cut and taped to my wall for about a month and after spending a beautiful day last Saturday with a bunch of friends, I left with an overwhelming sense of sewing inspiration.  With that,  I decided that a quick project was in order and paired a medium weight knit fabric in terracotta with B5309.  There are only 2 pattern pieces.... let me write that again ONLY 2 pieces to this dress and thinking I would have a dress for this week... um yeah about that... Waddderrrrrrrr.



The front of the dress consist of 2 pieces, which overlap just under the bustline. 
-  Instructions indicate to attach the front pieces to the back at the shoulder seams.... check,
-  Fold & finish neckline... check,
-  Overlap the 2 front pieces and stitch the front pieces together at the seam line where indicated with THE DOT... check,
-  careful NOT to stitch the back to the front at that time.... check, but thinking why can't I just sew the seams as one ;}
- Stitch back to front... check



Basted stitched the dress, tried it on and noticed horizontal lines running along my lower back, immediately thinking that the darts I'd added in the back for shaping were the culprit.  I removed the side seam baste stitches as well as the darts, re-basted the front to the back and if the sun isn't bright enough...those darn horizontal lines along the back were still there.... drats!!

The dress fits perfectly in the front, but the back was a hot mess.
Ok... I then thought maybe I should've put in a center back seam and proceeded to take the dress apart agaaaaaaaaaain.  Put in the center back seam, re-did the shoulder seams, as well as the neckline and basted the side seams agaaaain, and low and f*cking behold the horizontal lines were still there... I swear I can't win for losing or however the term is used.... ugggh and to top it off the neckline is now wonky.


What is a girl to do.... cut another dress.  This time I added a 1/2 inch to the pieces as well as the center back seam and what do you know...

The front fits nicely again, but



Those dayumm back lines are still there ...........


Despite the dress looking too snug along the back it actually fits comfortably and does not feel snug at all.  As I dwell on this delimma I think the pulling along the back has something to do with the overlapping side seams...  I think if I were to make it again I would increase the pieces by 1" instead of 1/2".


Would love to know if anyone has any idea as to what could be causing this problem.

21 comments:

Gail said...

I have no idea what is causing the problem, but perhaps a belt would hide it?

Sewing Geek said...

Well, I could be wrong, but it looks like it is just a touch too long in that area. Can you pinch out a bit and make the folds go away?

amber said...

I feel for you in the frustration department, but this post also had me giggling. You are too funny. :) No ideas about the funky lines, but I hope someone can help you figure them out because the dress looks like a total winner otherwise.

Carol said...

What about a sway back adjustment? I've never done one, so I don't know what happens, but it looks like there is a little too much fabric at the small of your back. I still love this dress and the colour is great on you.

alethia said...

I agree with Sewing Geek you need to do a short back adjustment, there is too much lenght in that area. Pinch the folds out, measure the amount and remove it from the pattern. I will send you a diagram via e-mail.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Let it go! That's my advise to you. I worked and worked on a style similar to this and couldn't get it to work. I think you have to have a particular bodyshape and we don't possess it to make this dress work. Next!

robin said...

I am no expert, but I am also thinking it's too long in the back. It does fit PERFECTLY in front though. Sometimes it seems to me like the fewer the pattern pieces, the worse a pattern fits!

Faye Lewis said...

I'm no help at all with that problem, but I'd really like to know the answer when you do get it altered.

Mary Sarah said...

I agree with Sewing Geek and Carolyn. If it's driving you crazy, try the short back adjustment. The back doesn't look tight. It looks too long. If you've had enough, move on. Chalk it up to a poorly designed pattern. On to your next successful pattern!

Uma Preve said...

Maybe a sway back adjustment would get rid of the lines. I read it on Sandra Betzina 'fast fit' book. The dress looks great otherwise!

Sheila said...

Thanks Everyone for your suggestions and tips. For now the pattern pieces have been re-taped to the wall and the wadders trashed. I will await Alethia's email (Thanks) and try my hand at a sway back adjustment and possibly in a lightweight knit.

Clio said...

What a disaster! My first thought was also "sway back adjustment". On the up side, the front does look great!

Rosie said...

You are going to have me arrested. :o)

Sheila, I would pin out the excess in the back and what ever that measures, add it to the back hem. I hope I am making sense.

marit said...

I agree with the others- it's to long in the back, but the front looks great! Hope you can figure it out:-)

Trudy Callan said...

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Trudy
www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

Angela said...

I'm thinking you may need to do a sway back adjustment. The front does look great! I just ran into a wadder myself this past weekend... no fun!

Karine said...

I think your dress is probably hugging you a little too closely along the hips and bum and therefore is probably sliding up to settle where it would fit your right. I say try letting the seam out from the middle of your back to the hem and see what that does.

velosewer said...

Alethia is right. The back needs a sway back adjustment. I have the same issue.

NuJoi said...

Try this sway back adjustment:

http://www.fitthat.com/swayback.htm

Good luck!

Ms.Alethia said...

First of all, the dress looks absolutely gorgeous on you. I LOVE the color. I agree with Sewing Geek and Alethia ( the other Alethia :)) and others; this
is a sway back issue; the back length is too long on that particular pattern piece. Next time you use this pattern just take out the excess amount from bove the waist.
I definitely wouldn't give it up. Your dress is actually still salvageable. Just create a seam along the waist, take the excess out and leave it as is or add a band or belt at the back with button accents or no button accents.
It's beautiful,looks great on you, and I hate to see you not use it.

sewabeginner said...

I think you should try to save this dress, because there is so much that's great about it. The color, the flattering fit in front. This dress is a knockout.