It seemed like an appropriate time of the season to make up this latest By Hand London pattern, named after Flora goddess of spring, as spring is certainly here in Brussels (well, it is in full swing in our house anyway, with all the doors open, lots of time spent on the terrace, and a general feeling of hysteria in the air.)
Before I even went near any fabric I carried out a small bust adjustment (SBA) on the variation 2 front bodice piece. Check out the BHL post on this or read my previous post on carrying out an SBA on a bodice with darts.
Then I made up a muslin in some fabric that was salvaged from a huge weird kafkan thing I got at the fleamarket for a mere 3 euros. It is a very wearable muslin and I’ll post about it when I finish the matching shorts I am making with the leftover fabric!
But although the muslin fit me fine I decided that for ‘the real deal’ I would drasticly modify the bodice as the high neckline of variation 2 didn’t really suit me, yet I wasn’t keen on the wrap style in variation 1 either.
I re-drafted the neckline, made thin straps, lowered the back bodice, and redrafted the back dart into a princess seam which I sewed using a flat-felled seam. The fabric I used is a salmon cotton poplin with a raised textured ridge effect, and the dress is fully lined in a really nice pink cotton-silk blend.
I also took the time to really fit the garment by redoing the zip twice so that it was not too loose. I’m glad I decided to rip it up and start again as it does fit me perfectly now at the back.
This was definitely one of those projects that goes totally against the whole Wardrobe Architect idea. It is definitely not something I will wear very often. But then sewing doesn’t always have to be practical and sensible. Sometimes you just need to hang out in your bedroom for a while and pretend it’s couture week on the GBSB.
All in all I really really enjoyed making this, it was a good challenge! I’m entering this dress into the BHL Flora competition, the prize is a shiny overlocker! Such a brilliant prize, I would love to win one! 🙂
Here are some more shots of me larking around on the rooftops of Saint-Gilles!
“You saw my nice lining, right?“