I finished my first dress for Summer of No Pants!
If I make this Amy Butler tunic dress again, I might add more darts under the bust. For my first time, darts on top were challenge enough!
Things I learned:
Muslin is a must when you know you need a full bust adjustment.
Adding six inches to the length of the bodice means your pockets move down six inches, too (oops!).
Be careful to choose a pattern that flatters your own shape. The tunic style makes the rest of me look as big as my bust.
Wear the bra you will be wearing the dress in, not the one you later commit to living on the dress form instead of the real you.
If you love the fabric, go for it! I don’t care if it’s not somebody else’s cup of tea, they won’t be the one wearing it.
Shoulder pleats are the devil and should be avoided at all costs.
Forget how they tell you to hem, this is not fun and do whatever method gives you the least amount of grief.
If it looks like it will be too long, figure out how to shorten it before you put the whole thing together. Someday this baby may get six inches shorter, but not today!
Mark your muslin well so you can use it again in the future without trying to figure out which piece is which.
All in all, I count this a success! I can wear it to work with a little cardigan.