It's still crazy birthday month (4 birthdays in a month) and I've been doing birthday sewing. Handmade clothes do make great gifts.
But I decided to squeeze in a dress for myself to try out a new pattern magazine. My Image Magazine offered me a copy of their women's magazine (plus a kids' issue) to review. I thought I'd give it a try since I actually like a lot of the designs.
This dress is on the cover of the spring/summer 2012 issue. The little cap sleeves and the very subtle v-neck really appealed to me. Plus, there are really interesting darts which I thought would look neat in this embroidered cotton with a circle design. Unfortunately, the embroidery hides the darts pretty well!
I muslined the dress (gasp!), my first muslin in years. It was a good idea to test my standard shoulder alterations for a new pattern company, plus I rarely make fitted dresses. My muslin fit perfectly, which was fairly surprising since I rather trepidly downgraded the pattern two sizes.
But my muslin fabric was drapier than this stiffish cotton and I'm getting a little wrinklage in the back view and the side-view hump is the invisible zip curving outward. Any advice about that? The wrinkles resemble pulling, but there seems to be plenty of ease. Maybe I should have used the linen I was considering.
Above you can see the interesting front darts and you can imagine how fun it was to grade them! However, it worked fine and I think they give a great shape to the dress.
Embroidered cotton: Mill End Textiles
Cap-sleeve dress: My Image spring/summer 2012 #M1204.
Here's the cover of the spring/summer issue. In another post, I'll give a proper review of the magazine as compared to the other pattern magazines I've used.