Thursday, February 18, 2010

Okay, NOW it's done!

I managed to scrounge enough fabric from scraps to make the belt for my Peterman Knockoff dress. And, since the consensus was that the short length was more flattering, I cut off the extra 4" that had been folded into the hem and redid the bottom edge more neatly. I also washed the dress, which seems to have removed most of the wrinkles.

So here's the original dress I bought years ago from J. Peterman:

And here's the finished copy:

Note the different shoes, too.

The only real issue I have with the dress is the "bat wings" connecting the bodice and sleeve areas. The original dress doesn't have these, and I'm trying to figure out if I can just edit them out of the pattern when I make this again (yes, there's another one in the works... this time in a soft denim).

Here's the view with my arms down:

The extra fabric in the "bat wings" does bunch up under my arms. Yes, it's comfortable, but I think less fabric there would look better. The original dress is fairly tight in the armscye area, but not restrictive. Maybe I just need to play around with the draft a bit more.
In any case, thanks SO much for all the comments; they were really very helpful.


  1. I love the length, and it's a lovely dress! One thought about the batwings; are the sleeves cut on? If you cut them closer to the body, you could insert gussets in the armscye for more freedom of motion.

  2. Mmmm, I'm so glad you went with the shorter length and the different shoes are duly noted;-p


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