What a beautifully done narrow waist binding, eh? This was my solution to the Burda Disaster of last year.
I cut off the bodice and made it into a skirt.
Why? A couple of reasons.
First, I could not recut the armscyes the three inches higher they needed to be.
Second, I didn’t have enough fabric to fix all the drag lines on those sleeves. But I did put in a little more work than simply chopping off the bodice.
I took the entire thing apart, and re-distributed the fullness through the bodice pleats. I pin basted the changes, but this looked pretty good.
Actually, I thought it was a big improvement from the excessive bustline fabric folds in the original version.
I’m still really drawn to the idea of this dress, so I do have plans to make it up again in the (near) future. I carefully noted the bodice changes: about a 3/4 reduction in the CF pleats. In other words, I altered out my FBA. And I raised the armscye by about 3 inches. All the changes are well-documented, so here’s to my new blue skirt, and another successful version of this dress in the future.
Edited to add: The skirt is a great addition in my wardrobe – I’ve already worn it a few times, and I’m happy with the blue addition. But I’ve moved on from this dress, and won’t be making it up again. Here’s to a new year of sewing, with lessons learned and applied and more muslins, less wadders.
Happy New Year, everyone!