I’m back! I had to take a break from blogging due to some health issues. But I’m on the mend now and expect to start blogging more often. I have lots of projects from the last few months to blog about. Starting with this beauty!
The Gertie Shirtwaist Dress
It took me three muslins to get the fit of this dress right, but it was well worth the effort. I really love it!
Pattern: Shirtwaist Dress from Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing
Fabric: Cotton + Steel cotton lawn
– shortened the back bodice by 2 inches
– shortened the front bodice by 1 inch
– narrowed the back width by 3 inches
– 1 inch narrow shoulder adjustment on the front bodice
– lowered the bodice darts
– took out 3/4 inch under the arm and graded to normal seam at waist
– redrafted sleeve (due to narrow shoulder adjustment)
This is by far the most fitting adjustments I’ve done on a pattern. I can sometimes get away with not doing a FBA (full bust adjustment) but I think with this pattern I should have cut a smaller size and done the FBA which probably would have avoided the need to do the shoulder adjustment.
This pattern has some really cute details. I love the sleeve cuffs.
I also love the shirring at the back waist. This was my first time trying this technique. And it makes this dress feel like pajamas they are so comfortable.
Last but not least, I made bound buttonholes:
I debated over whether to use navy blue buttons or pink.
I really love this dress, and will definitely be making this pattern again!