There’s always a problem though, isn’t there?
While beautifully fitted and finished this dress had puritan overtones – a little too prim and proper – no wow. A white bonnet on and no make-up and I could be Amish. Not quite what I had in mind.
There was an idea hiding at the back of mind and while wasting time (project avoidance technique) on the internet the other day I had another look at Vogue’s new patterns and fell on 1312. Sleeves, fitted bodice, full skirt – remind you of anything?
So I set my mind on how to alter the puritan’s hemline.
I made hemline darts.
First, select your position for the darts. I have 8 on mine: two centre, two side and 2 in between. The centre hemline darts are longer than the others. The longer the darts the more exaggerated the effect.
This is Doris wearing her new Puritan but darted hemline dress with her back to a mirror so you can see the effect. Points and shape to an otherwise plain dress.
There’s a strange thing going on around here – me and Doris are becoming the same shape – she’s putting on weight I’m sure of it. I’m off to compare measurements.
And I can do a Vogue position too
I’m now reconsidering the Vogue pattern. We’ll see when the next sale is on.
Marianna, over at sew2pro is putting on a Japanese pattern magic book challenge. I’m thinking that these hemline darts are moving in that direction but tame in comparison to some of the ideas contained therein. Great, she’s given me something to mull over, dwell on and have an excuse to sit around and stare into space.