So now with fabric and pattern in hand for this intended project, I started thinking about the modifications I'd have to make to the pattern to get it to work.
here and here, but because there is a gathered bust on this dress I thought it wise to also consult my mum for advice.
Now I'm not offended by this, just rather surprised and it has made me think about the dress a little more. It certainly isn't the style of dress that I normally wear, but I thought it would be cute and floaty. I'm not curvy or busty, but I thought think might give me a little more shape. I thought the gathers at the bust might help me a little, but Mum thinks not. Although I did read the Selfish Seamstresses post here about Colette patterns for people with boyish figures like me, I thought I'd still give it a try.
However, now I'm starting to second guess my plans. My mum does know me rather well, she really knows my style and I inherited my less than shapely body from her (except she has boobs). The modifications I'd like to make are quite significant, especially to the front yoke and bust. I'd definitely have to make a toile to check everything, which adds time and effort to a make. I also have a lot of other sewing to do right now - Christmas presents, clothes for gifts, clothes for orders, bonnets for My Messy Room (which sold out in a few days - yay!!).
So what would you do? Do you think I should persevere or should I change plans?
I've begun looking online at alternatives all are quite floaty. I like bodice G from New Look 6773 with the flared skirt option. I love the sweet little ruffles on the shoulders, but am concerned about them looking a little too cutesy. Alternatively the D bodice will be nice and clean and fitted.
I also like option B from New Look 6805 with the sash, but worry that it might not be summery enough. Although maybe it will be because the fabric is so light.
Lastly, I also like bodice D and E from New Look 6774. This dress doesn't have a full skirt like the other which I was hoping to try, but I think it's definitely more me and very wearable.
So this is my dilemma - do I sew the Chantilly or choose one of the above? I selected all my options from New Look as they are the cheapest patterns at full price and I don't think Spotlight will have patterns on sale before Christmas.
What do you think?