I have had a terrible stomach virus; most everyone at work has had it and I hoped that it would miss me. I was out of work for 2.5 days with this stuff. I was sick enough to make my DH come home and take me to emergency care. I am almost back to "normal" for me.
I felt well enough to baste the side seams of V8904 today and I was hesitant to show you the outcome. I am disappointed in the solid color I used as it is a lighter weight than the striped fabric and where it is placed is not pleasing to me. Some of what I dislike shows up in the following photos. I edited to showcase the areas I don't like.
The side seams are basted and I sewed 3/8 inch seams from hip to the end of the sleeve, I think I could go with 1/2 inch seams. From hip to hem line I sewed 5/8. All edges are raw.
Here is photo of the back. Even with adjustment made in the mid tier for swayback, I think it needs more or something?!
As others noted, all of these layers sewn to a base fabric becomes heavy. The lighter base knit fabric I used was great for this and if it was darker color then the solid color may have looked more opaque.
I am going to call this a test garment or muslin. I am putting it aside for the time being and decide what the next version should be and the fabric it should be, maybe I will use a dark solid for each layer.
I am starting another dress project, Version 2 of Butterick 5917. I am going to use the longer sleeve with the straight fitted dress. I am using a navy wool/rayon gaberdine I acquired from Fabric Mart the latter part of 2012. I am going to line the dress instead of just lining the bodice. More information to follow.