This is my fitting muslin for the wiggle dress. It is a strange looking muslin because it is not muslin colored. I found this green fabric that is about muslin weight for $1.00 a yard - which is way cheaper than I can get proper muslin. And the "photography studio" - a.k.a our spare bedroom - was set up for another project, so I snuck in and snapped a couple of photos while the flattering lighting was up. Here is the front of the dress:
Overall thoughts on the pattern:
- This is a really, really flattering dress if you have a small waist and larger hips. I was a little skeptical about making it since I usually stick with a-lines and avoid pencil skirts like the plague. They don't usually look good on me since I am so bottom-heavy. But this seems to be an exception.
- All of the pattern pieces for all of the items in the book are on only a few large pieces of paper. The lines for all of them intersect and overlap and you trace them onto tissue to use as the pattern. (I used tissue paper that is intended for gift wrapping.) However, since all of the pieces and sizes are printed using the same color, it was a bit of a challenge making sure I was tracing the right line. But there are only three main pieces plus some facings and gussets, so not so bad.
- Facings (below). I don't think I liked them that much and am going to see if I can make a bias binding for the finished dress instead. The truth is that I have always hated facings and usually fully line the dress when I can. I don't think that will work for this dress, so I am excited to try bias binding.
- The instructions are sparse. For example, since I have stuck to a-line and full skirts in the past, I had never sewn a vent in the back of a skirt. In Gertie's instructions, it just says to make the vent. I had to search You Tube for a tutorial on how to accomplish that.
- Gussets! Mine aren't exactly matching seams below, but I found they were much easier than I thought they would be. For me, the instructions in the book were enough, since I already know how to do a welt pocket and bound buttonhole, but I think if I didn't, I would have had trouble with how little detail the book provides.
- Ditto for the lapped zipper. Luckily, the couture dress course at Craftsy teaches how to do a lapped zipper with an easy technique and I didn't have to search too hard.
- The sizing was good for me, but I have heard others complain about it. I think it must be a body type issue. It might not work as well for women with less full hips. I cut it a size larger than I thought I might need, but I think I had too much room in the dress.
- The neckline feels really high when I am wearing it. I am thinking about lowering it, but am not sure. When I look at the photos of it, it looks ok.
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