I had intended to wait until I had a photo of the completed article before I posted this, but Bessie is a bit of a slackard and I wanted content NOW.
Those following me on twitter will know that a couple of weeks ago there was a fashion emergency!
There was camp! There was a disco! There was a theme based on the letter of the roll-class!
Bessie is in 9G and thus was required to something starting with “G”. After a great deal of not-terribly creative brainstorming, she settled on Goldilocks and had very strong views about what her outfit should look like (more pale blue gingham?!1)
Bessie appears to have an over-inflated opinion of my seamstressly abilities and thought it would be a breeze. It had been a very long time since I’d sewn a fitted bodice (truth be told, I’m quite convinced that I’d never sewn one) so I felt beholden to acquire a pattern.
In retrospect, I kind of wish I hadn’t gone the pattern route. I thought it would be an easy sew, but I had to make so may adjustments that I may as well have drafted a pattern myself. Bessie is by no means a chubbo or misshapen, but I had to increase the midriff band by whole nine centimetres and make ever-so-many other little tweaks here and there.
It was easily the most complicated thing I’ve ever made. It was such a challenge to fit and took such a long time (fortunately I was a bit fluey and managed to score a day at home watching Murder She Wrote and hand-sewing) and I’m definitely delighted with the outcome.
The back. Very unfinished – tacked together so that I might defy the pattern and make the dress actually fit Bess.
I’m still perplexed as to why I had to add so much to the front band.
If I do say so myself, the lining is pretty stellar. Mad skillz? I has them.
Also at the last minute: the three bears (from the jumper I felted in 2007. See, it pays not to throw anything away)
The whole exercise was a real boost to the ego: complexities, problem-solving, excellent end-product. I really would like to do this again, with possibly a less tight timeline.
1image of Bess as Dorothy has disappeared from INTERNET, must find it on hard drive and upload