And here she is, my Anna wearable toile/muslin, almost completed.
Fabric from my stash, it's cotton dad got from Vietnam for me in November 2012.
I only had 2m of fabric so the skirt neither midi or maxi - just made do with the length left over after I cut out the bodice.
The neckline and arm holes are finished with bias binding.
Bodice seams frenched and skirt seams serged.
It's been 44C degrees for four consecutive days in Melbourne so haven't been sewing this week. Bloody heatwave. My sewing room is like an oven. I would have died if I stayed in that room for a sewing session; someone would have noticed my absence on social media (probably my sister) and I'd be found in my bra and undies, with a yellow tape measure around my neck, holding the Anna dress.
Last night (aka day 3 of heatwave) I sat in the lounge, which thankfully has aircon, and handpicked the zip. I tried it on one last time before hemming and found some problemos...
- Hem at the back is lower than the front
- The waist seam doesn't sit 'straight', it dips towards the back
- The front bodice seems to ride up, I keep feeling the need to pull it down
My measurements are:
- bust 78cm
- waist 68cm
- hips 90cm
I cut a size 2/6 bust and graded out to a 6/10 waist.
Even though my hips corresponded with size 2/6, I cut a 6/10 to match up with the waist. Would this have anything to do with the hem being longer at the back.front bodice riding up?
|Anna size chart from By Hand London website.|
I really want my Anna to be perfect the next time round, so
for once I will do the right thing and fix the problem areas properly before moving on to the real version.
I found the Anna pattern easy to make. By Hand London's patterns are superb! I read the instruction booklet cover to cover.
The real version will be the maxi with thigh high slit. I need it completed by 23rd February to wear to a wedding, my best friend is getting married, yippee!
So, I really need your help, please comment below with what you think is wrong with fit and what modifications to make on the pattern before I cut out the next version.
I appreciate all advice so please give me any thoughts you have.
I reached out on Twitter last night and got a lot of helpful suggestions but I wasn't able to get
gross, sweaty photos till today and I thought this deserved a blog post as 140 characters is not enough!
Is it a swayback?
Do I need a FBA?
Do I need a bigger size?
Help, help help.
Thanking you ladies in advance!