I bought a new pattern during the Sydney Quilt Show 2015, from a shop that sold old patterns (and fabric). The sizing was a little bit of a worry, but I thought that I might get away with it. Size 8, back in the day, was actually about my size, and the measurements made it seem possible. plus, I liked the look of the fit around the breasts, and the line of the skirt. I have good shoulders, but a non-existent waist and a flat butt, so I need something that kind of skims over the fact that my waist-to-hip ratio is pretty much 1:1.
This dress gave me reasonable hope that I could find something that would allow for space for my breasts and also for my belly, instead of requiring a perfectly flat stomach!
Just to check the style - because that tuck under the breasts was a bit of a worry - I made a muslin first. It was out of a slightly thicker and heavier material than I planned for the final product, but it worked okay and let me discover the pattern needed an inch of length down the shoulders (my body is very long), and a half-inch on the seams.
The seams are a bit of a concern: I've put on a lot of weight in the last six months - about 5kg. Not sure if I'm going to lose it come New Year, because I try not to do diets, but my food habits have been very bad of late. Everything with extra added sugar!
At any rate, my body needed a squidge more space than I was otherwise giving it.
Cut the pattern out in an afternoon, sewed it in a morning, and lo and behold, it worked really well!
Having gained momentum (and with Christmas Day on the horizon) I cut out a second one, using the fragments of another dress I made and didn't like. I didn't want to throw the dress away because it was Liberty of London lawn - and a wonderful print to boot!
The print is 'queue for the zoo' and is full of jungle animals with 'human accessories' such as briefcases and joggers and cameras...
I cut this dress to have a longer hem, and the style works better as a result. Also, I tried to let out the seams a little to make it more casual.
I'm going to be making several more of this pattern, probably adjusting the fit further to be looser, more casual. And at least one top, I think, because the fit really works for me!
Always nice to find a pattern that suits me!