Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Quick Update

For the February challenge, I've been working on my green gigantic plaid day dress. It's been a bit slow just because my schedule has been busy, but I have made some progress and hope to finish it by the end of February.

It was coming along awesomely, and it felt like I had performed some sort of sorcery when my darts came out perfect in the first try (whaaaattt?) OK, I'm not thrilled about the direction of the plaid in the front, but I'm thinking the black velvet trim I bought will distract enough to not notice terribly. But then - wait  - what...



So yeah, I've got a funny neck bubble. Today I'm going to rip out the neck binding and try to take it in right there. I can't for the life of me figure out why it would be on the one side and not the other. It makes a funky spot in the back that won't lay flat. Other than that, I'm pretty proud of my fit. Here is the back; you can kind of see the neck thing I'm talking about. Again, I'm pretty sure I had not idea what I was doing when I cut out the plaid. I tried to be thoughtful in the placement, but I'm not sure how much it worked. 

Anyhoooooo, I also have officially signed up for Costume College! Yay! Who else is going? And who knows how to pack a hoop in a suitcase? My friend Tiana over at Adventures in Costuming and I are going to be thick as....well, maybe not thieves, but pretty thick! 


  1. I think it's because you're encouraging the fabric to curve up against the neck a little, rather than ending the neck at the 'jewel' line and therefore letting the cloth just sit flat down against the shoulder. Taking in the back-of-the-shoulder seam may help, but you may have to cut it down at the neck by even just 1/4". Have you tried it without the pins at the neck? It strikes me that they may be forcing the concave curve at the neckline, where normally it would just float a little above your shoulder there.

    I love the way the plaid accents the angles and curves in the bodice - it looks really lovely! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of this dress; I bet the plaid will look amazing in skirt pleats. And your plaid is a lot more nicely-matched than many period bodices I've seen.

  2. OK, that makes a lot of sense actually! I will try that before taking in the shoulder.

  3. This is going to be a show-stopper for sure:-) I love how you designed the back, can't take my eyes off of it...

  4. I'm not sure what kind of hoop you have but if you're familiar with how you close a foldable sunscreen from a car (that you twist into a circle) you may be able to do the same thing with your hoop. I twist mine into a circle and put it inside a round carrying case.
    I'll be at CoCo, my 14th year.

  5. Wow, I hope to meet you! Thanks for the tip.