So, when I left you all hanging last time, I had shown you the fabrics and said I had a design in mind. Today I finally got the time to get up into the sewing room and put together a muslin.
I used the same basic pattern as for the Ursula costume, but instead of the tentacles, added a somewhat-circular flounce to the bottom edge. I ended up having to make two muslins, though, as the first one was about 4" too big in the waist and I had mis-measured the flounce and it looked terrible. So, no pictures of that one. But I did get the second muslin done up and got Bob to take some pictures.
First the front view.
Now, remember that this is without any kind of foundation, lining or boning. It's just to test whether the style will work for my body. And I think it does! The only thing is that I think I took just a little bit TOO much out of the top. I'm going to add about half and inch back in to allow for the foundation and lining and for me not to look like a stuffed sausage. I'm also going to add bra cups.
The back view shows the design of the flounce a bit better.
While the initial dress pattern was done with PatternMaster, I did do some tweaking in Pattern Editor, and additional tweaking with pencil and scissors. The flounce was also drafted entirely by hand (very freehand, really).
Now, a few thoughts and questions.
About that flounce: does it need to be fuller? I am trying to figure out how to make it a double circle, or I could just add some netting underneath it to puff it out.
Should I raise the flounce hem in front (peek-a-boo shoe toe style) and lower it in back for a hint of a train?
What type of jacket would look best as a cover-up? Since the gala will be outdoors and the weather will likely be in the 60s, this by itself will be too chilly. I've got the fabrics for the top, but am unsure as to whether a capelet, shrug or bolero would look best. Pointers to pattern sites are most welcome!
Business has been incredibly busy, and I've got just two weeks to finish this dress, plus the cover-up, plus a vest and tie for Bob. But no pressure, right?