Finished : Oscar De La Renta






Here it is! Finished! I wore it on Sunday and the fabric is still a little too stiff for this everyday dress to fall properly, but give it a couple of wash, and it should look just right. All the work I did on the muslin payed off but I worked on the lining pattern which ends at the waist, the hips ended up a little too tight! That's a beginner muslim mistake I will not repeat!



The straps look really good because I had a total sewing epiphany using Deb Thompson's tutorial on How to Attach Facings in a Sleeveless Garment and this is one piece of information I'll be using forever and ever, because it involves absolutely no hand sewing! As you know I am one lazy seamstress!


The insides look just as good as the outside, which I love and this was thanks to another invaluable piece of information found on Sew-4-fun on Attaching a Partial Lining to a Bodice.
It's a little scary to tell you the truth, but if you've done your homework and made a muslin, I recommand this method as the result looks great. (The trained sewing eye will see immediately that I was too chicken to take out a whole seam allowance worth of fabric there, but next time, I'll really go for it!) No hand stitching there either, that's all good.
It really is a joy to construct, it's a pattern with only 3 main pieces and I think you actually could spare the bodice work and finish it 'Burda Style' with bias tape and overstitch and it would look just as good, come to think of it, I might just do that to the Stunt Dresses as they might not get as much wear.
Please note that the dress actually fits me better.

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