Rather than doing another fitting muslin of the lace dress, I decided to make a muslin of the slip dress that I’ll wear underneath it. The reason is two-fold. First, I got tired of looking at plain muslin and I wanted to work in a color. Second, I figured that I would get a better idea of what I needed to add back in for the FBA if I wore the slip dress underneath it. Sure enough, putting the muslin over the slip gave me a much better idea of how much I need to add back in the bustline (almost all of it, as it turns out). As an added bonus, making the slip gives me a very good idea of which bra will work best with the finished dress.
The slip is quite simple and goes together quickly. I decided to make it from a knit fabric rather than a woven.
The one thing I may change is the placement of the gathers in the bust cups. Right now, they are set closer to the side seam than to the CF:
Since all the bras I buy are of the “hoist ‘em up and point ‘em forward” variety, I may move the gathers toward the center front by about an inch. First I’ll finish the lace outer dress and see how the slip looks underneath it. The slip dress fits pretty well as-is, so I’d like to see how it looks under the lace before I make another version.
Here’s a shot of the back of the slip. Since it’s made from a knit, I cut it on the straight grain (for wovens, StyleArc has you cut it on the bias).
I also did a narrow overlock on my serger, rather than a narrow hem that they recommend. If I were making it in a woven I would definitely use a narrow rolled hem, but this finish works better for this fabric.
That’s where things stand so far. I’ll have more later. The party I’ll wear this to isn’t until December 5th, so I have time. I hope to finish it before Thanksgiving. Then I’ll turn my attention back to my red Marfy coat.
In other news, this week was a really big milestone for me. I had my 6-month visit with my oncologist, and after doing the exam, talking to me and looking over all my labs, she said, “You know, I don’t need to see you again for a year now.”
Wooo HOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I did the Snoopy dance all the way down the hallway and out of the Cancer Center. So again, folks. If you are a woman over age 40, please make sure to get an annual mammogram. I want all my readers to be healthy!
Enough about me. What have you been working on?