Thursday, 9 April 2015

Here come the Racoons!

So here it is, another Megan Dress :) I love it! 



Fabric: Cotton with adorable racoons. I bought the fabric at backstitch.co.uk last year as a treat after driving the first time without the driving instructor. It was £14/meter - more expensive than the fabrics I usually buy. But how could I resist?



Pattern: Megan Dress by Tilly and the Buttons featured in Tillys book Love at First Stitch.

Fitting: Having made the Megan Dress once, solving the residual fitting issues should have been easy. However, taking into account that I hadn't done any pattern alterations for several month, it took longer than thought. I had to retrace the bodice because I messed up completely. See that's the reason I'm tracing all my patterns!



I made the following changes:

1. added 2 1/2" to the length of back and front skirt
2. broad back adjustment of 1/2" because in my first version I can hardly move the arms forward
3. deepened the back skirt darts which have now a diamond shape
4. shaved off the curves for the hips on both back and front skirt
5. lengthened the front and back bodice by 1/2"
6. moved the bust dart down by 1/2"

The neckline still gapes a little, so I have to take it in a bit at the shoulder seams for my next version :)


Construction: It took my about one weekend including cutting. I didn't want to hurry, but enjoy the actual sewing process.

I tried to pattern match the seams, but failed. Luckily the front looks fine with a row of racoons going down the center and also the matching at the waist line is not bad. But the back or side seams are not matched. I blame that on the fact that I cut the fabric double layered. Obviously the bottom layer was not straight :(



Have I worn it? Yes I have worn it to work and I can attest that it feels super comfy. No more strain on the back bodice when stretching out my arms. I can sit down without exposing too much leg. I even got compliments at work from my colleagues which made me happy :)



Will I make it again? Yes! I'm hoping that Megan will become a TNT pattern for me. So far none of the dresses I've made qualify as a TNT. So fingers crossed.

The fabric is bunching over my bust. But that will be gone after I take it in
(on my next version) at the neck shoulder seams.

7 comments:

  1. This is really lovely, it's a very flattering silhouette

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  2. Well done - you are really throwing yourself into fitting and having great success. The fabric is sweet - from a distance it looks like a geometric print then you realise it's the racoons!

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  3. This is gorgeous! I LOVE the racoon fabric, and what a great reason for buying it.

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  4. Wow! love, love, love. The fit is perfection on you and the fabric is so cute!

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  5. them little fellas are cute upon cute. The re drafting obviously paid off bg time - great shape on you

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  6. Well done on the fit, it looks great. And what cute fabric, lovely dress.

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  7. It's such a great dress - those racoons are so cute (I definitely see why you couldn't resist them!) and the colour is great on you. I wouldn't worry too much about the pattern matching - the front looks good and that's the main thing!

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