Working on the Brasilia dress by Rachal at House of Pinheiro. Think I’m going to love working with this pattern. Very few pieces, which is always nice and the pattern itself is beautifully done. The trickiest part is the sharp curve at the sides. Loads of pins and going slow solves that problem.
This will belong to my daughter who has measurements close to the pattern. I made the original ‘muslin’ from the pattern “as is”. Since Katie is a few inches shorter than the pattern is drafted, I expected to make some changes. The muslin is made out of a fabric with 3% stretch.
Sure enough the muslin needs quite a bit taken off the length at the waist. I also made a small full bust adjustment on the pattern with the intent of giving Katie a smidge more room in the bust and to bring it in a tad at the waist. The back has me worried. These pics show 2″ pulled out of the back and the zip is still buckling. I will make one more muslin before moving to the real thing. Ignore the length…I left extra length below the hem and haven’t even tested length yet. (Sorry for the poor photo quality. We were shooting these in bad light and in a hurry.)
I had intended to use something with a little stretch as Rachal did with the original, but I keep going back to one of Rachal’s inspirational photos. I love the dress at bottom right.
I can just see this dress in a light wool. Oddly enough, Katie came home with a piece of wool a couple of years ago and wanted a dress out of it. At the time I thought it was a bit too heavy, but I may have to pull it back out for another look. I really want to put a flat ‘belt’ in the place of the bow on this photo. We’ll see.
Today, I’ve been
tearing cleaning up my sewing room, so there hasn’t been a log of sewing going on. I’m ready to get back to it. Why can’t sewing rooms clean themselves?!