Thank you for your helpful and constructive comments on my last post - I think the general consensus was 'bugger the weather and just sew what makes you happy." So I'm striking whilst the iron is hot and forging ahead on my newly christened Cherry Fabulous Dress (thank you Scruffy Badger for the name!) I'm inspired by these two Marilyn Monroe dresses:
|Cherry print dress from The Misfits|
|Halter neck dress as worn in Niagara|
Now, brace yourselves.... I made a bodice muslin!!! The reasons:-
1) I've only got the exact amount of fabric specified on the pattern, so no room for mistakes.
2) I've never made a halter neck of any description.
3) I've never actually sewn with a Vogue pattern before - I'll be using V8727 - so have no idea how their sizes run. In my experience, Simplicity run large, as do McCall's and New Look (to a lesser extent). I don't think I've ever used a Butterick pattern before either, so can't comment on their sizes. I'd be interested to know though.
For once, I erred on the side of caution and made up my muslin in the correct size for my measurements (size 14). The fit was fine, plus there's a certain amount of leeway with a halter neck as it can always be hoisted up if necessary! I will say this about the pattern though, because of the gathering around the bust, I suspect it's an easier fit if you've got a reasonable sized bosom to fill the bodice with. I did try it on my actual body as well as the dummy, but calico and deathly pale flesh isn't the prettiest sight, so I'd thought I'd spare you that ordeal. As Sunni said in a recent post "nobody looks good in muslin!"
I've got a lovely white silk cotton for the lining (Classic Textiles, Goldhawk Road, talked about in this post), so I'm really looking forward to making it. And as all you fabulous commenters pointed out, if the weather goes on the turn again, just wear a cardigan. Wise words. x