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Green dress, off the shoulder neckline, handmade clothes, ooak

Green Dress and the Struggle With Gravity

In February, I had an opportunity to go to a wedding, so I decided to sew a dress. The dress was supposed to have a simple silhouette, with an asymmetric neckline to be its main feature. A piece of cake, right?

Sewing the dress was more difficult than I would like, but at least it’s always a new experience.

The main issue with the fit was the fact that the back neckline was dropping down and it proved difficult to keep it in place. Although at the drafting stage I narrowed the neckline strap, it was still not enough. Fixing it required cutting out a new neckline piece because I didn’t want to ruin the dress with additional seams.
Sloping neckline alteration, self drafted sewing pattern

I’m sorry for the quality of the photos, but they were made only for my personal needs. I decided, however, that photos from creation process may also be a good blogging material.

After this alteration, the dress looked decent, but still, it could be better. In the end, I decided to bring out the “big guns” and add boning to the back. Even though the plastic bone was thin, it beautifully smoothed the back. It was a one-night solution, so I sewed it directly to the dress (the yellow thread is just a basting stitch).
Of course, I made a few more changes – I narrowed the dress in the waist, and changed the pleats’ location on the back. And finally, I want to share with you a method of reducing the number of layers. There are supposed to be 3 seams overlapping at the shoulder – which means a lot of layers of already thick material. While on the outer layer the seams have to blend into one another, the facing seam could be moved. Of course, I’m talking about a pattern alteration, not about shifting the facing during sewing 🙂
The final version of my dress looks like this:
Green dress for a wedding, off the shoulder neckline, sewing clothesDo you make changes during sewing or do you finish your clothes hoping that they will fit right?

Ps. Let me know if you like the nature of this post – do you want to see and read more “backstage” stories from the creation process?

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