Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sweetheart Dress - Wearable Muslin

Hello sewing friends,
I finally finished the wearable muslin for MAGAM Joyful June, Sweetheart dress :) The pattern is based on BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Elizabeth Gathered-waist Dress size 34, I modified the bodice at the neckline and armhole. And for the fabric, I used cotton voile that already stayed inside my stash for a while.
Before I write more about the challenge of making this dress, let's take a look of the final dress that I wore this morning. I went out with husband and son visited Leal Senado, then walked around Sao Domingos market.

I always enjoyed flat sketch and I made this one especially for the Sweetheart Dress.

I mentioned before that this dress is based on BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Elizabeth Gathered-waist Dress size 34. I modified the front and back bodices to a Sweetheart neckline and used the skirt as the original pattern had.
My work started with front bodice, I measured the dart center line 8.5 cm above the apex and drew using the French curve to the CF in the shape of half heart, and then drew a line of neckline.
For the armhole, I reduced the shoulder line 6.5 cm and drew a new line of armhole.

I did the same for the back bodice, I measured the dart center line 8.5 cm above the apex and drew a new line of the back neckline in a square shape. Also reduced the shoulder line 6.5 cm and drew a new line of armhole.
The front and back darts is exactly same as the original pattern.
I also made the facings and fused them with fusible interfacing.

I like sewing this dress, especially the fabric was so easy to work with. I sewed the darts and attached the front and back bodices right sides together at the shoulder. Then prepared my skirt by gather them before attach to the bodice.
After that I sew the right side of the dress and sew the invisible zipper to the left side.
Then sewed the facing and hem the dress. Done!

Oh well, I tried the dress as soon as finished and so disappointed with the fitting of the neckline. Both front and back were too big 3 cm :(
So, quick decision I added the darts in both sides - 1.5 cm in both corners of chest area and the same for back side.

These pictures below are the final dress in my dress form, hope you can spot the darts on the wrong sides of the dress. Also, forget to mention that I sewed the bias tape around the armhole facing.





That's it for my today post everyone, hope you are having a lovely weekend :) I am going to share this post to MAGAM Facebook Group and ready to work on the real dress with Joyful fabric :)

Happy Sewing!

Love
+Hana Velvet Ribbon

25 comments:

  1. Hana, such a pretty style dress in a pretty fabric. You looks so lovely in it!The darts are barely noticeable so Im sure you can wear this again and again and still have another lovely dress soon which will be a perfect fit and no darts!

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  2. So very lovely Hana.. The fabric is just perfect for that pattern.
    Looks cute on you.. Happy sewing.

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  3. Your dress is really beautiful. Your darts look like design choices. Hope you wear this a lot.

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    1. Thank you Maureen. I love the dress and sure will wear it a lot :)

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  4. Hana, I agree with Maureen. Although you may be disappointed with the darts, they actually do go with the stripes nicely - and the fact that they are on the outside sort of add a modern look to this dress. Wear it with joy and pride - and I am sure the next dress will be even more joyful, now that you know what you are doing.

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah Liz. I am working in the real dress and I have to make another modification :) Hope I will finish before the end of the month :)

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  5. Great safe, the darts are hardly noticeable! I like the fabric and the neckline shape of the dresd. I also think the silhouette is lovely! Looking forward to the real dress.

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    1. Thank you, Katharina. I love the sweetheart shape as well, looks so girly :)

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  6. Your dress is so pretty and the darts blend into the stripes so they can barely be seen. I love the fabric and it is a lovely cool choice for your summer.

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    1. Thank you Kathy. I was lucky that the darts blend nicely into stripes fabric :)

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  7. This dress suits you to a T! The darts aren't noticeable.

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  8. A sweetheart dress for a sweetheart lady!

    This is a case where a fitting problem actually becomes a beautiful design! It's lovely Hana! And the fabric is so pretty!

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    1. Thank you so much Sue, you are the sweetest person in the blogosphere :)

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  9. Very pretty dress. You look gorgeous Hana.

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  10. Gosh, I thought this was your finished dress, not a wearable muslin!! So, so pretty! I like the darts, and thought they were part of the design adding a nice feature to the bodice. You look so pretty in this color and style of dress. Have a good day! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa. The darts are great and I always use it whenever I need adjustment. Have a good day to you too :)

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  11. I could repeat exactly what Lisa said! You look so pretty in this dress :)

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  12. Very pretty dress! The darts are definitely not noticeable. The fabric is gorgeous. It suits you so well.

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  13. Really pretty Hana! Your fit looks great too!

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  14. This dress is so perfect that it's hardly just a wearable muslin! The colouring, the fabric, the darts, the fit, the shape - everything looks perfect on you!

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  15. Thank you so much everyone for lovely comments :)

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