Saturday, December 29, 2012

A cry for help

 You probably remember last month when I was talking about modeling my Christmas dress after Bernie Dexter's fabulous creations. That got no further than the planning stages before my Husband informed me that  the party wouldn't be until AFTER the New Year.  Well....that left me bitter enough to state I wasn't going to attend this ridiculous "we survived the holidays" party....Until this week when I decided that now that the holiday season is almost over, I'd like more reason to celebrate. SO, I'm left scrambling to put a dress together before next Sunday. I had some black and white polka dot charmeuse (or something like that) in my stash and decided it would make a cute non-xmas party dress. I asked my trusty friends on Instagram which pattern I should choose and it was honestly almost completely 50/50 between Simplicity 4070 and Gertie's Tiki Dress from her book. In the end, I chose Gertie's dress because I've been wanting to create something from her book. Plus, I want to look sexy, ok?
 Anyhoo, I've made a muslin, cutting a 6 on top, tapering to an 8 at the waist. First thing I had to do was straighten the hips. I was not blessed with those gorgeous curvy hips that most women have. Nope. Mine are as straight as they come. Then I had to do a 1" swayback adjustment and I also pinned out about an inch from the lower abdomen. I'm not sure what was causing it, but I did my best to transfer it to the flat pattern. Here are the results, documented via crappy iphone pics.
Crappy iphone fitting pics. Gertie's Tiki dress. HELP

Crappy iphone fitting pics. Gertie's Tiki dress. HELP

Crappy iphone fitting pics. Gertie's Tiki dress. HELP
 Now, nevermind that this is made from a wrinkly sheet and ignore the's my sister's. Sorry
for the dark pics. I'm not worried about the bodice, it's very forgiving and I have the fitting all figured out. My problem with the skirt is this; I seem to have fixed the pooling fabric ( I still have a few problems to wrinkle out but for the most part, it's fixed)
What I dislike is the way the skirt just "hangs" off of my rear. It seems to me this may have something to do with my swayback but I can not find any information on how to get a closer fit under me bum. I googled it...the results were disturbing.
 So, help me out. Is this just to be expected of the pattern (and I'm just expecting too much va-va-voom) or is there something I can do to fix it?


Cynthia said...

Sorry, I can't help with how the skirt hangs, but I'm stoked you went with the Tiki dress. You're going to look awesome

Gillian said...

Hmmm... What about taking in the centre back seam a bit under your tush? That should snug it in under the butt!

Michelle said...

You could also try shortening the back darts...other than that, I have no clue. Sorry!

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Anonymous said...

Yes, that's what I was going to say. Curve that seam from under your bum to the hem, so it snugs in more?

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