I found one bodice that I'd made after my butterfly dress, using that pattern is a basis for extending the side seams into shoulder straps (the original pattern has separate strap pieces) and creating a sweetheart neckline (months before the Kim dress was introduced!).
The fabric is a beautiful vlisco java print, purchased during some discount event when I decided that I didn't have enough green in my life.
Last fall, I traced the pattern, re-drafted, cut fabric, and fitted it with more redrafts, stitched in a short crappy zipper. Finally, the bodice was moderately successful and then I lost interest and set it aside. Too much more work, the zipper needed unpicking, etc. I had fun making it up to the point of fitting, but a full dress requires much more time and discipline.
After a final fitting and lining (and pressing!), I encountered a problem with the bodice, there are many puckers/wrinkles along the princess seams. For some reason, all my previous princess seams avoided this. Googling revealed that the problem may be because I notched it AFTER stitching it, whereas I should do it BEFORE? I don't think it's the sizing, it fits comfortably. It could be the nature of the java wax cotton, it is a bit stiffer than a voile, or lawn. Anyways, it's way too late emotionally to take it apart again, so I'm going to steam press it again and then just wear it with the little wrinkles that are left. I hope no one with sewing OCD sees me and gets upset.
|Wrinkled after a day of wear.|
I'm now at the point with sewing where I got to with cooking - I use recipes/patterns as suggestions... This can be a dangerous place! I'm still learning techniques and finishing, but I understand construction well enough to get cocky. I'm planning to make the Kim dress with vlisco java wax so I'll be sure to notch the princess seams before I sew them to see if that works.
Any other suggestions?