A friend is getting married and she asked me to make my own dress... not a totally random request as I do sew costumes for the Renaissance Festival and Adrian Empire events... Still I'm fairly new to sewing.
After a lengthy email illmination we Both decided Butterick 5032 was just the ticket for my dress. I wanted a fitted bodice top and fairly full skirt. Little did we know that the full skirt is actually a seperate piece- no matter options are good.
So I measured and according to the pattern envelope I was supposed to be a size 18
as this is a fitted dress and I didn't want to just go for it with my nice shiney fashion fabric I made a mock up is said size 18. After getting the bodice top done I had about too much fabric at the back by about 8" and the top of the neck line was bunchy... So I got some advice on how to alter it... and just as I was getting started on the alterations I decided to try the size 14...
Now the dress calls for a zipper- ren faire costumes don't use zippers unless they are hidden -well in my world anyways... I've only done one... on a skirt and it was wonky
SO looking through my sewing books and a tutorial or two I gave the dreaded zipper a try... now on a mock up... totally okay with the results... not so much on a final garment made of Shantung. Here's the mock up version:
I've got a post in another section so if you have any suggestions please add them to 'Zipper Newb!'. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=309341.0
So back to the size 14... mucho better no more excess fabric and the front sits a ton better:
I'm making the other pieces as mock ups just because I'm paranoid so I'll post as I work and then end with the final product.
Okay so I finished and wore the dress to the wedding. I loved it! Here are a few pics of the dress.
oopsy- messy me