I’ve spent the past 2 evenings making a muslin of the Colette Rooibos dress. I’ve been having some trouble with the sizing. Here is the size chart:
My actual measurements are 32-27-36. I decided to cut the bodice in a size 0, and the skirt/waist in a 2. The size 0 bodice was pretty tiny (as in, can’t move my arms tiny, even though I’m smaller than the measurments,) so I made up the size 2. The 2 is too big, and the size 2 skirt is also large (by at least an inch, maybe more, even though I am in fact larger than the waist/hip measurements for that size.) I can go down a size in the skirt/midriff area, but I’m puzzled about the top. I think I may need a small bust adjustment, so I will try that (I’m a b cup, but apparently these patterns are drafted for a c.) I may also need a little less room in the back, as the low neckline gapes a little. (See why I think it’s strange that the smaller size didn’t fit?)
Maybe I’m spoiled from knitting patterns, but I fail to see why sewing patterns don’t list all relevant measurements. The hip/waist finished size is necessary in a dress. I can measure the pieces, but a schematic would be far more useful. And I am not complaining about this company… no one has this. For some companies if you want to see the bust size you will have to take the pattern out of the envelope, and it may not be there at all.
Oh well… good thing I have brand new copies of Fit for Real People and Fast Fit to help me figure out fitting – it’s definitely the most challenging part! Tomorrow I’ll try an adjustment for the smaller bust and take in the seams on the skirt/midriff band. I’ve given up on a few dresses because of fit issues, but I’m determined to figure this one out. It’s pretty simple to assemble, and I don’t want it to be super fitted, so hopefully I can fix my issues (I just have to not get frustrated, and remind myself that clothes in stores are often weirdly too big on me too.)
I shall console myself by dreaming of what some of my new fabrics could become (problem? I don’t have a problem, really…)
Lovely leopard print doubleknit. Slightly textured, but not fuzzy. I bought it because it looks just like this dress, from my inspiration folder:
I love animal prints, and I will not apologize! I’m not sure how I feel about exposed zippers – I appreciate that they are trendy and all, but they aren’t really me.
Plaid 100 percent wool jacquard. I got this at Hancocks, believe it or not. The Louisville Hancocks is pretty sad, but the one in southern Indiana (which is closer to me anyway, since I live downtown) is awesome. This was on a clearance table for 3 dollars a yard. I’m dreaming of a bias cut plaid skirt, a-la this 70s pattern.
Although perhaps a bit shorter. I can’t decide whether I like 70s styles or not. On one hand, Mary Tyler Moore (during her eponymous show) is one of my fashion icons. But on the other hand? This:
I also blame the 70s for ponchos, so there is that… but I still like lots of the 70s patterns. Many of the styles look very current, if you imagine them in colors other than orange.
I hope to have better news about my dress in my next post!