Sunday, May 1, 2011

side seams

You might recall from way back in January, when I first made the muslin of this pattern, that I was going to have to solve the Pocket Problem. Aka, this skirt pattern had no side seams... just a front panel, and a combined side/back panel. I'm happy to report that I have inserted a side seam now, which means I can have POCKETS. The skirt line did look lovely without a side seam, but no pockets is a dealbreaker for me, so our wedding guests will just have to suffer the horror of seeing seams down the side of my skirt. ;)

And here is a quick shot of what will be the lace top attached to the pleated skirt from the vintage Simplicity pattern. My right side, which is the left side of the photo here, has all the adjustments I've made so far. The dart is running a bit too high here, so I'll lower that, and make a few more small tweaks.

future lace top

When this project was started, all the modifications were being transferred to the paper pattern. At this stage I've been tweaking directly on the muslin, and so it is now my pattern. After I took this photo, I took a seam ripper to it and extracted the right side. Then I cut on my last seam line to cut off the seam allowances, and this will be the pattern for the lace top.

pattern pieces

This is Vogue 2979 on the top, with the cap sleeves. The bodice will be lace underlined in silk organza, lined in silk except for the sleeves.


To sew the top, I'll cut front and back bodice pieces out of silk organza and the lining. Then the organza pieces will be laid under the lace and I'll cut out the lace, probably cutting around the motifs to do applique seams on the side. Here's my lace again- the rose motif is pretty large, so a regular side seam might look a bit weird.

Dress lace

13 comments:

Karin said...

A wedding dress with pockets! - Love it!

Cindy said...

The style looks gorgeous and I love, love the lace!! This is getting exciting!!!

Patricia said...

It is looking beautiful. What a difference the tweaks are making in the fit.

Patricia said...

It is looking beautiful. What a difference all your fitting tweaks are making!

lsaspacey said...

Oh, it's looking so great! You will look so lovely in the finished one! Good luck!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Wow! This is going to be sooooo lovely on you. The lace is awesome and the silhouette is very flattering on you.

BTW how much muslin have you used making wedding dresses? And do you recycle the muslin?

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Your lace is lovely!

Bruna Andolfato said...

wow!!! It is looking beautiful!
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Bonnie D. said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! I'm glad to find your blog and look forward to seeing the progress on your dress. The design is beautiful!

Alexandra said...

Pockets on a wedding dress - fabulous! It's looking really pretty. I especially like the neckline.

BeeBee said...

Looking really good, Wendy! What a lot of work - though it should be well worth it. Keep up the good work.

gMarie said...

Oh the dress is coming along nicely and the lace is stunning. I hope you are enjoying the process. g

oonaballoona said...

wow, this is going to be GORGEOUS. and you will have pockets!!! i wish i had known how to sew when i got married!!!