Are you followers of Studio Faro’s Pattern Puzzles? I stumbled across them on the internet a few weeks ago and have become completely obsessed. Anita is very generous is sharing her knowledge and manages to explain the most complex patterns in the simplest manner.
Recently she feature this curved seam dress and I immediately decided that I needed to make one using my block.
Drafting the pattern took a couple of hours but the toile was very quick to sew up.
This was toile number 1. I’m was quite pleased with it. The pleats on the upper section work well and the neckline is good. However, I did think I could do better, and in particular decided to move the pleats on the lower section as it all looks a bit long and boring in the centre
So, this is toile number 2. The back and upper front are the same as the original toile. The lower section is the same except I have added a new pleat towards the top and removed the very bottom pleat. I have also sewn the pleats downwards rather than upwards, I’ll probably change the direction on the upper pleats in a finished dress too, stops them from becoming crumb catchers!
This is better but I am still not sure. Perhaps my curved seam could do with ending up a few inches higher. I also feel it’s a bit lose around my waist – I may try just pulling it in a bit at the side seams. I also want to rethink those capped sleeves and lower the arm holes a bit further.
I have some lovely red stretch crepe from Dragonfly Fabrics which is just crying out to be made into a flatter in dress. What do you think, am I just being too pernickety about my toile and should recognise that calico will never be a flattering fabric? Or do you think I should have another go and make a third toile?