August 27, 2014

Confetti Flounced Frock Simplicity 1877 View A

Even though I have not decided if I am going to recreate the dress pattern from the last post, I did manage to utilize my findings from that pattern test run. Simplicity 1877 has similar sleeve, v-neck and back neckline features as the Vogue pattern from the prior frock. 

The first modification I made to the pattern was to slightly raise the back neckline to ensure that my bra would not be exposed. Next I drafted on 3/4 length raglan sleeves to the bodice front and back pattern pieces. 
The pattern modifications did not end there, in addition to my standard broad back, short torso, swayback, and square shoulder adjustments, I also added length to the hem line (3") which additionally led me to lengthen the skirt flounce pieces. That means I modified all 9 pieces of the dress and still in retrospect I would have liked to raise the front neckline for a touch more modesty. 
Construction changes: I omitted the interfacing in the flounces, I felt that the flounce demanded a loose drape and personally I do not feel that I need to add stiff flounce volume below my waistline.
Much like the last project my choice of a busy print distracts from the design lines of the dress. It is what it is, I like loud prints. 
Fabric: Confetti stripe printed crepe de chine acquired from Fabric Mart ages ago. 
The crepe de chine was fairly light weight, I knew the skirt seams would not support the flounces even after omitting the interfacing therefor lining the dress was mandatory. Each skirt piece was flat lined to support the flounces housed within the seam allowance. The bodice of dress was fully lined which also allowed me to omit the self fabric neck binding. 

Inner garment view front and back: 
To keep the v neck line from slipping on my shoulders I added bra snap carriers to the lining at the neckline where the shoulder seam begins. 

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous dress, and I love that fabric. It's like stripes, only better. Really plays up the flounces on the skirt.


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