Monday, 6 October 2014

Finished Project: Another 'Georgia' Maxi Dress.



I hope you don't mind that I have a habit making the same dresses over and over. 

In 2011/2012 I was obsessed with full gathered skirt; 2013/2014 I'm in love with maxi dresses.

If I have to make a billion adjustments to a pattern to accommodate my small bust, erect back, hollow chest, swayback, forward shoulders, long torso, short legs, narrow underbust, long upper torso "unique" body, why not sew it to death.

With Georgia, I didn't encounter many fitting issues as I did with Anna (fitting posts here), so only one 'fitting post' was blogged... however, now that I've made my fourth Georgia, I'm picking up on things that are bugging me...

1) The bodice cups: I think this was discussed in the comments of one of my previous Georgia posts, or on Twitter; but the cups don't sit correctly over my boob/bra cup. It sits about 3cm above the underwire of my bra (refer to pic below). Even when I am bra-less, the cups don't 'cup' my boobs. 

Does anyone else have the same issue with the bodice cups?

There was a discussion on an old blog post, and another sewist said I may have a 'narrow underbust' and 'long upper torso' so simply lengthening the straps probably won't fix the issue, because it will then expose more skin up top, which I hate.

I will be lengthening the bodice (cups and back piece) on my next Georgia. Fingers crossed.

My finger is sitting just under my bra underwire. Cups are so not in the correct spot! 

2) The lower back: I had to "pinch" out some excess fabric in the lower back of this skirt. This adjustment was made last minute on my Georgia mini but not on my rayon maxi or Valentines Day mini.

I thought the problem was with my buns; but I think it could be due to my long torso extending into the area where my buns should be. I got validation from a lovely follower on Twitter that my buns are sufficient and anacondas want. Haha, Nicki Minaj, you kill me with that song.

Lengthening the bodice will "drop" the skirt 3cm lower and may solve all my issues, so I'll start with lengthening the bodice. 

How much fabric I "pinched" out of my lower back. 

Before and after.
Any thoughts on why this happens to me? It happens on RTW and all patterns that skim my back.


3) The straps: Might add some length back into them, and reassess their position at the back, particularly the left (my RHS) strap, did I put it in wrong spot??? WTHHHHH! 

I swear both straps are in the same position and when I hold up the dress, it looks fine; when I wear it, it looks odd. GAHHH. The photo below annoys me so much!!!! 

The strap on right (my LHS) is the shortened one.

Georgia maxidress SEWMELOVE
There is something NQR with the strap on the left (my RHS).

Apart from the three issues above, I absolutely LOVE this version!!!!
I love it so much that I wore the dress to dinner with Ling on Saturday, then again on Sunday out to lunch with Libby (The Very Very Hungry Caterpillar).

I also took a nap in it and Georgia was very comfy to sleep in, just like my floral Anna.

Thanks Libby for taking pics... ignore the wrinkles on the back, that's just from sitting down for a 2 hour American food feast at Le Bon Ton; I couldn't be more happy with the fit. Best so far, I think.

The sweetheart-style neckline is very flattering, gives the appearance of a fuller bust. The dress as a whole makes me feel womanly cos it hugs in all the right places, and the fabric is just so pretty.

I kinda regret not putting in the side split; although it is walk-able, I tend to run late to everything and am power walking most of the time.


Front bodice.
Side view.
Inside/back bodice.
Sorry for selfies, still camera-less... but like that I can blog straight from my iphone. No need to hook camera up to laptop.

Project details -
Pattern: BHL 'Georgia' + 53cm!
Size: 2/6 bust, 6/10 waist, 2/6 hips
Fabric:  2.5m cotton voile
Notions: 16" invisible zipper, thread, cotton tape
Cost: The fabric was in my stash reserved for a Flora wearable muslin, bought it months ago. My guess is $25 for cotton voile and $5 for zipper. $30 maxi dress. Bargain, if you ask me.
Pattern Modification/Adjustments: 
  • The usual adjustments I made for previous Georgia dresses:
    • moving the position of the straps to sit more to the side of front bodice, just next to the outside of cup seams
    • took a chunk out of my lower back skirt
  • Added 53cm to skirt, for maxi length
Hours: I know for sure that cutting and construction of entire dress took 5hrs. The zipper, hemming and hand-sewing took another 2 hours or so, plus another hour for final adjustments on lower back. Lets say, 8 hours total.
Completed on: Thursday 2nd October 2014.
First worn: Saturday 5th October 2014, to Ling's (Six Inch Heel) birthday dinner.

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Happy Birthday Ling!!

Ling and I have been friends for almost 4 years... she was the first person I met from Twitter.
We bonded quickly in real life over blogging and food, I'm a frequent guest at her family BBQs and her boys call me 'Aunty Nee'.

Ling's birthday dinner was at Teppanyaki Inn. It was delicious, best wagyu steak I have had, ever. Her boys made me laugh constantly, they are so smart and funny, well behaved too. Yep, am kinda clucky! I spent most of the night saying "awwwwwwww, he's sooo cute, awww!!" Was a wonderful night out. Thanks for the invite, Ling!!!!

Next up on my sewing table will be a dress for the 'GYFOMelbourne 2014 Charity Frocktails' hosted by Team Get Your Frock OnTheir mission is to raise awareness and funds for Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

The event is on Thursday 16th October 2014, so still plenty of time for you to get yourself a ticket (here).

I have a couple of ideas for my GYFO dress; maybe a houndstooth maxi (I hear you groaning, haha) or a floral strapless mini. I am being so predictable and boring, but I can't move on till I have nailed the pattern (typical Virgo - perfectionist, fussy, borderline OCD).

I need to ace the bodice cups; does anyone else have the same issue as me with the bodice cups?
How did you fix it?



10 comments:

  1. I really love the fabric and design, it looks fabulous on you. It was interesting to read about your fitting issues as to my inexperienced eye I would never have detected them without the close up photos.

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  2. I want to see that houndstooth maxi! That sounds fabulous! Make it, make it, make it!
    I will also be very interested in seeing what you do with the cups. I don’t have the Georgia and still haven’t adjusted the Anna to my body, but I love reading your fitting posts.

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  3. Dang, Neeno. This is styling!
    I had the same issue with the bodice cups even with a sizeable FBA. After perusing a few different versions online I am noticing this seems to be a fairly common issues. Any info you get regarding this I will be jumping on... ;)

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  4. It looks gorgeous. I love the fabric. It fits so well. Great job.

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  5. Hi from a new reader! I was looking for a nice maxi dress and fell in love with this pattern. You rocked it. Totally love how it fits you. Forgive me if I missed it, but could you point me to original pattern of the dress please? The Georgina mini looks great on you too. But I am not gifted with slimmer legs so I like longer maxis. Thank you in advance.

    Amber

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  6. I bought a new sewing machine. From couple of days I a m trying to sew a long maxi for me but I can not found perfect details for it. But today here I got a perfect project details. Thanks for adding all details.. You looks very beautiful in Maxi..

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  7. Neeno, you're looking awesome in this maxi dress. I'll try it, hopefully will not ran into the wrinkle problem. I'm new fan of your blog. Keep em coming.

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