Sunday, April 29, 2012
Meet My Twin
I was happy to receive a hand-me-down dress form awhile back. She is adjustable at the neck, bust, waist, hips & height and has a hemming tool...pretty cool! Unfortunately, I am broader, thicker and wider than her in every direction.
My hubby made a sturdy new stand for my twin and I enlisted the help of my oldest daughter to turn her into a plus-size like me! We added 4" to the shoulders, 2" to the bust, 5" to the waist and hips and made her my height. I was able to use batting and fabric in my donation pile after cleaning my sewing room over the weekend. I'm excited to have a twin dress form just my size!
While I'm bearing all...Here is my Easter dress. The girls both had dresses, so I was the only one to sew for this Easter. I used Simplicity 2444, a vintage-feel knee-length dress with collar and sleeve variations. I made the boat neck with short sleeves in seersucker and pique as my wearable muslin. I was a size 18 by the pattern but ended up taking in 2" at the waist and lower back. Next time I'll know where to adjust and go down a size on the top. Darts at the waist make for easy adjustments.
I constructed the bodice and skirt separately and also lined the bodice. I think it was easier to fit this way, rather than make a front & back like the pattern directed. I highly recommend this pattern if you're looking for a retro-style dress with fun options.