Okay, finally done with this dress! I had some fit issues, one that's not resolved. But I'm calling it finished unless you can help me with my problem. More on that later. I love bias cut garments. Love them. They look great on and are very comfortable to wear.
I think this dress was made for a large C cup, possibly even a D. When I sewed the bodice to the skirt, the boobs were incredibly saggy. So I ripped that seam out and trimmed off 1/2" from the bottom curve of each bodice tapering off at the sides.
Sorry for the crazy eyes. I need to put a stitch in the front, apparently, because I was flashing some cleavage in the other side pictures and this is the only decent one. This fabric came from JoAnn's and I think they call it "Simply Silky", whatever that means. It's a really slippery polyester something or another. Slippery and bias cut do not make a garment easy to sew.
I'm pretty proud of this piping. I made it all myself since I wanted to use that specific turquoise color. It really wasn't difficult, especially with the piping foot that came with my new machine. One trick I figured out is to cut off the inside cord where you want it to tuck into the seam. This eliminates a lot of bulk.
Here's a shot of it not on me:
This is the underarm where I tapered each side of piping to get a continuous look:
Here's the full lining. The fabric is newberg, which is more expensive than the cheaper stuff I usually purchase, but it just feels so much better on. It is very slippery as well.
And here's the back. Do you notice any problem?
Darn those butt wrinkles!!! I'm telling you, I have tried everything possible to get rid of them. At first I thought it was the zipper, so I shorted it to just below the bodice. No dice. I have sewn the back seam longer. I have sewn it shorter. I have applied fusible interfacing to the seam allowances. I have applied interfacing to the back dress instead - that looked awful and was removed immediately. I have soaked it with a squirt bottle and thrown it in the dryer on high. Anybody have any ideas? I love this dress so much that I'm still planning to wear it, but if it were perfect I would be so much happier.
This has been a very frustrating item to make, but I have learned something. I will never put a back seam in a bias dress again, at least not when I'm using such slippery fabrics. I will move the zipper to the side seam and eliminate any future butt wrinkle problems.