So, I decided to sew a dress to go to dinner in for my 1 year anniversary (April Fool's Day!) with my DB, but I didn't get going soon enough at it to be able to make a woven dress (aka make a muslin and then make a dress), so I decided to work with a knit so I knew it would fit. I also decided that it was time to become less afraid of prints (I have so many solids in my stash) and to finally use this black/gray/cream fabric that I have been saving for a while.
I started off thinking I would use this pattern: http://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/33678
But you know how the Big 4 are when it comes to patterns that use knit fabric - they still add in ease (Why? WHY?!) when there should be 0 or many times negative ease for many knit designs to fit the body properly. And...I had bought this pattern my "woven" (14-16) size (I usually make an 8 to 10 in knits), so even the smallest size looked like a sack.
So, I ended up with this, which is supposed to be in the spirit of Butterick 5383, but is based off of a self drafted knit pattern for another dress. Though, I actually did end up using the sleeve from the pattern:
I am pleased with it as a dress in general, but it is just not sexy
like I was hoping for. (I'm also not sure about the print in this silhouette, but that's a different story) I've determined that I pretty much need to widen (slightly) and deepen the V neck and that should help, and maybe a smaller band at the neckline would make it less casual looking, but I wanted to see if any of you had any good ideas for me!
I have to get the dress finished tonight, so I would appreciate hearing anything you can muster!