Whole lot ta tweaking going on!

V8805 is progressing nicely.  I attached all front and back pieces and then basted shoulder and side seams for my first fitting. Let me say that this dress has a potential of being a sack. That is not the look I am going for.  By doing this fitting I realized that  I failed to take a horizontal tuck across the upper chest and upper back pattern pieces; I had taken a 3/8 vertical tuck as for my petite frame this drop shoulder can look pretty droopy without doing this.  To remedy the failed crosswise tuck, I took an additional 1/2 inch seam allowance at the shoulder seam.  This worked well.

I decided I needed to taking a deeper side seam just below the bust dart and stopping right at the hip line.  I needed some essence of waist with this dress.  With my second fitting, I decided I could still take a deeper waist area seam.

I was able to get the side seams to lineup well.  Will show this later in some photos.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I wish I had just sewed a lining for this dress instead of the underlining.  It has created a few sewing hiccups along the way.

All I have left to do now is sew seam binding around the neckline; hem the sleeves and dress.  Even with my sewing hiccups, it is exciting to know that I was able to sew this up fairly quick.

Photos to follow.


  1. Hi Linda, I enjoy your blog and have a question. I am starting a similar dress after not having done much garment sewing for quite a while. It dawned on me that I wasn't sure how I would get the hem marked accurately without someone to help do that. What do you do to get the hem straight and even? Thanks for your help.


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