Last week I caught up with Thouraya and I managed to finally get my hands on the Colette Chantilly dress pattern. She, on the other hand, managed to get her hands on my entire Oliver & S pattern collection, so stay watching her blog for exciting sewing progress.
So now with fabric and pattern in hand for this intended project, I started thinking about the modifications I’d have to make to the pattern to get it to work.
First, I need to add a bit to the waist. I was also thinking about slightly dropping the neckline, possibly using the back yoke on the front too, just because I know scoop necks look better on me. Then I need to look into a small bust adjustment on top of the adjustments to the bust required from the yoke change. I’ve been looking into SBA’s and read posts here and here, but because there is a gathered bust on this dress I thought it wise to also consult my mum for advice.
Well, maybe there was something in the air on Sunday but I pulled the pattern from my bag and my mum announced “I don’t like that dress, I hate that dress, there is nothing at all that I like about that dress!” I was floored. My mum is normally a pretty polite and tactful person when it comes offering opinions, but on Sunday she was not.
Now I’m not offended by this, just rather surprised and it has made me think about the dress a little more. It certainly isn’t the style of dress that I normally wear, but I thought it would be cute and floaty. I’m not curvy or busty, but I thought think might give me a little more shape. I thought the gathers at the bust might help me a little, but Mum thinks not. Although I did read the Selfish Seamstresses post here about Colette patterns for people with boyish figures like me, I thought I’d still give it a try.
However, now I’m starting to second guess my plans. My mum does know me rather well, she really knows my style and I inherited my less than shapely body from her (except she has boobs). The modifications I’d like to make are quite significant, especially to the front yoke and bust. I’d definitely have to make a toile to check everything, which adds time and effort to a make. I also have a lot of other sewing to do right now – Christmas presents, clothes for gifts, clothes for orders, bonnets for My Messy Room (which sold out in a few days – yay!!).
So what would you do? Do you think I should persevere or should I change plans?
I’ve begun looking online at alternatives all are quite floaty. I like bodice G from New Look 6773 with the flared skirt option. I love the sweet little ruffles on the shoulders, but am concerned about them looking a little too cutesy. Alternatively the D bodice will be nice and clean and fitted.
So this is my dilemma – do I sew the Chantilly or choose one of the above? I selected all my options from New Look as they are the cheapest patterns at full price and I don’t think Spotlight will have patterns on sale before Christmas.
What do you think?