I had some fitting issues again, especially under the arms, I'm not sure they're quite perfect still, but at least it fits. I made the front of the bodice a size smaller this time and left the back the same (a friend suggested that I probably have a broad back).....at least, I'd say!
I made a full lining for this one and it worked out well..I cut bodice and midriff pieces from the pattern, and I made a simple a line skirt for the skirt part. I hand stiched the understitching part. I had to interface the V in the lining at the front, it just kept losing it's shape as I sewed it. I'm not sure what the horizontal line across the bust is about, I never saw it until these photos...
I must also add here that if Sarai, the designer of Colette patterns, gives a tip on her patterns, you'd be wise to follow it! On each Parfait I made, when I put in the invisible zipper, it puckered..I took it out and interfaced along the place for the zipper and when it was sewn in it didn't pucker. (like Sarai said!)
I am very pleased with the dress. I am not sure about the bits at the front of my arm-pits. I think they look high, but then they cover the fatty bits there! Some other Parfaits that I see are looser there, but I don't think that would help me much either?!
Maeve took a photo of the shoes I plan to wear with the dress...they are sort of a mink grey.
In other news....Colm and I have been distracted by a new project...another one...I know!
It is a 1978 Toyota Landcruiser...in fact we have two...hoping to make one decent one. I am in charge of paint-stripping and rust removal at the moment...Colm is in charge of all mechanical and body work...I'm still undecided as to whose job is more important?!
C started it the other evening, after 10 years of laying idle in a field..it started no problem, but covered the two older children (who were sitting a bit away) in a cloud of black smoke and dust...all you could see were the whites of their eyes!!
Have a lovely weekend.