First Goal of the New Year: The Colette Peony!
I saw this pattern when Colette first released it with it's fall patterns, and to be honest, I wasn't super impressed... and then I saw it made up in some patterned fabrics and fell in LOVE! I had bought some Amy Butler fabric on a whim, and just happened to have enough, because when I started thinking about making the Peony, I realized I already had the perfect fabric in my stash! But I am determined to make this dress well, and be happy with the fit when I'm done!
I've discovered that I am fairly picky with bodices. And, I really don't think I've made one yet that I like. It is time for this to change. So, I'm working on the fit, and I don't know how I feel about it.
I made a muslin of the bodice ( I haven't yet attached the sleeves, I wanted to get a fit for the bust part first.) I was horrified at first because the neck was sooo high! I felt like I was choking, but when I turned it down such as it would be with the facing attached, it felt better. I also felt like there was way too much fabric across the back shoulders, but when I put in the zipper, it felt a little better.
I talked my love into taking a few pictures for me so that I could analyze the fit better and hopefully get some suggestions from you!
One of the biggest things that I have found is that I feel like the front, underneath the bust is way off. After looking closely, I think the verticle darts need to be moved outward about an inch, they are not pointing towards the bust point, they could also be shortened about a 1/2 in. I think. I'm not sure if this will help with the bagginess or not though... Will it be different with a skirts weight to pull down on the front? Is there a way to shape the darts differently so that I don't have quite so much fabric there?
Based on feel, I thought the back was going to need some major adjustments, but based on the picutres, I was actually quite pleased. Maybe a slight swayback adjustment is in order, but I am not sure. Confession: I have never actually done a swayback adjustment, and only fairly recently (within the last 3 months or so) figured out what the heck a swayback adjustment meant! (If you are new like me, here is a post by Gertie that gives you an idea of what a swayback adjustment is...) But after checking with my Fit for Real People, I realize it would be a fairly easy adjustment, and I'm hoping it should take the few little wrinkles out in the middle there.
What do you think?! I am relying on you my friends! I don't have anyone else to help me, so please by all means, shout out any ideas! I appreciate any feedback!
I'm super excited to just get to making this dress, but I also don't want to waste my time to end up with a mediocre product, so I'm really trying to pace myself.
Side note: This is also the first time that I have traced a pattern! I used freezer paper, as suggested in the Colette Sewing Handbook! It worked wonderfully!
Looking forward to your ideas and comments! Thanks so much for stopping by!