Summerset had some super-useful advice in response to my post yesterday - thanks, Summerset! I especially liked it because she didn't tell me to do a dart (I am very lazy, dear Readers...) and she thought I should just take the volume out at the side seams. Exactly what I wanted to do! I love when the lazy way is also the recommended way.
I had to work quite late yesterday, and therefore had to cancel my evening plans. I came home, indulged myself by eating some takeout pizza and drinking a glass of wine, and then got to work on the dress. (Yes, my refrigerator is overflowing with food, but I had a huge pizza craving!)
Here's what I got done:
- Trimmed the excess fabric in the top - both lengthwise to waist-level, and along the width at the side-seams to get it to fit my skirt.
- Basted the zipper, and tried on the dress (pinning the side-seams.) It seems to fit ok, though it's hard to tell precisely, since my spaghetti straps aren't in.
- Stitched the front top to the front skirt, and the back top to the back skirt. Seams are a bit more time-consuming, since my fabric frays, making French seams necessary.
- Stitched one side seam.
Tonight, I hope to get the following done:
- Stitch the other side seam.
- Decide what to do about the straps, and get them in. I'm vacillating between spaghetti straps in the fashion fabric or trying to draft up a wider sleeve (a sort of modified raglan sleeve?). I think the wider sleeve would give me more wearing options, and might make this work-appropriate, which would be good.
- Cut out the lining, and stitch (curse you, French seams.)
What do you think, dear Readers? The dress on the left, or the dress on the right (modified sleeves...)