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.

In Progress : Oscar de La Renta

I’ve been obsessing about this dress, the short one, for about a week. It would make an outstanding Tetris Dress if successful in recutting the top part to suit my vision.
I cut a muslin yesterday for tinkering with the pattern. I’d prefer a square neckline and I must raise the back a bit : I am approaching 50 and I can no longer let my breast free of support and no ! taping my breast for the night is not an option, I want to wear this everyday.
I spent most of Sunday afternoon scouring the web to find tutorials on bagging, machine stitching a lining to an invisible zipper, fitting a bodice, and so on…
It all looks like an incredible waste of time, but I am a lazy seamstress and I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to avoid recuts, alterations, mistakes and any hand sewing if it can be avoided.
Thanks to all the valiant people, like The Slapdash Sewist, for sharing this information online. It does help, a lot !
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