For the collars challenge I decided to make the Laneway Dress by Jennifer Lauren Handmade, hers looked amazing and it’s just my style so I jumped in with a wearable muslin after adding some length to the bodice, too much length as it happened, but that’s just part of the problem.
This is how it’s supposed to look, it’s designed to have a reasonable amount of ease in the bust, but it’s also designed for fabric with a bit of body and my test fabric is probably viscose/rayon, it drapes rather than stands. It did tell me a few things though even with inappropriate fabric.
As you can see the skirt is pretty good, though I’m not sure about the pockets which do disturb the line slightly and will probably do so more in the Liberty Lawn I’m planning on using. You can see there is way too much fabric in the bodice both in the bust and below it. The armhole is a little high for me, not uncomfortable, but I am very aware of it all the time. I love the neckline and on the dresses she’s made for herself the fit is fantastic; I’m going to downsize the next one for the whole bodice, but will probably change the armhole a wee bit and of course the sleeve too.
Definitely too long in the body, I can feel it on the front and you can see the wrinkling on the back. It’s a little wide through the back as well.
My main concern with using this pattern for the next one is what if it doesn’t work even with changes and I’ve ruined some gorgeous fabric? Almost tempted to hit the pattern books to see if I can find something suitable, since my current patterns all seem to need something with even more body than the lawn. Though one of the versions made by the designer used cotton lawn so it should be ok. Aargh, decisions, decisions!
Finally, everything came from stash, had to shorten the zip and the buttons were the only ones that worked; how can I have so many buttons but still have problems finding the right ones? I think I need more buttons!
I will wear this, but probably mostly at home, the top is just not flattering on me, but it’s warming up now so it’s a good transitional piece. I can’t cut the new one out yet, my knee is grumbling and standing for too long, or worse kneeling on the floor isn’t an option till it heals a bit more; maybe in a week.
There are more photos on my blog, Warming Crafts, including a silly one just because.