… not that it has even snowed yet. Hopefully it will not be anything like the freaky Winter of ’96 (photo below and see source post here).
I have definitely been busy, not sewing, but studying. I have been working on my Bodice fitting shell! When done, I hope to use it as a guide for fitting other patterns or even, some day, designing some patterns for myself!
A while back, I bought myself the Craftsy courses “Fast-Track Fitting” and “Fast-Track Fitting: In The Details” by Joi Mahon. I was excited to work on improving my pattern fitting. I liked these two courses so much I bought Joi Mahon’s book “Create the Perfect Fit“. Although I like watching videos of “how-to”, when it comes down to doing it, I like having a book or instructions to refer to as I measure, cut and sew. Flipping pages back and forth just makes me feel like I have something solid in my hands.
A good friend and co-worker asked me to make a dress for her daughter’s year-end “graduation” from grade 8. I have had experience working with her and her daughter before, making her a flower girl dress for a wedding. I knew that there would be lots of alterations ahead for this tall girl. But I enjoyed the opportunity last time and knew I would again!
Her daughter knew exactly what she wanted. She wanted a dress that was a mix of this….
And this pattern, McCall’s 6754….
The bodice would be as is, sort of, but the skirt had to have box pleats instead. The daughter choose a lovely orange polyester spandex knit called “Wella Wave”. I don’t know if it is easy to see or not but it has a “wave” embossed in the fabric. Just a beautiful choice. I traced the pattern bodice with alterations for bust size, length and I raised the front and back necklines (that at the mother’s request 😀).