Statuesque women deserve clothing that fits and flatters.
Have Sewing Machine, will sew to fit!
The Statuesque Shift Dress served as a wearable muslin. With one minor adjustment to waist length, a shirt dress was requested.
After visiting a few stores to verify shirt dress details, Simplicity 8014 and a light blue cotton stripe were selected. We opted for the curved hem (View D) and long sleeves.
Proportional statuesque women are best fit by lengthening the patterns in several locations.
Cutting out the pattern on a narrow stripe required
careful painstaking attention to straight grain markings!
Based on the shirtdresses in stores, top-stitching was required. And not just regular top-stitching. Top-stitching with contrast color thread.
So, no coffee.
New needle and white thread in the machine, top-stitching it was. Miles, of it (only had to redo a small portion!)
Note to all sewers and recipients of sewn garments – take a close look at topstitching and other details on ready made clothes – they are far FAR from perfect!!!
After adjusting the buttonhole placements, I realized this dress required 15 buttons (and buttonholes!)
I prefer buttonholes made with the Singer buttonhole attachment. It produces uniform buttonholes with a nice finish.
It is an inexplicable mystery. I hope there is a investigation soon. Buttons seem to have suffered from a bizarre price mismarking – on a national level.
To avoid taking out a second mortgage, simple buttons were selected.
Note to self: Press dress prior to photographing – and stop with the dry cleaning hangers! Tie belt around dress for photo to give illusion of waist shaping.
I hope to have a photo of the beautiful statuesque women wearing the dress to post soon! A second shirtdress has already been requested!