Remember a while ago I did an interview with Eleanor of Dig For Victory? Well, I went and bought one of her dresses a while back, but I saved it to wear it for my birthday cocktail party, which was Sturday a week ago – time flies! So here it is in all it’s glory! Lovely, no? It’s a 1950s fabric, I love the pattern on it!
I really really like this dress, though there are a few things that don’t work for me. The first thing is the waistband/boob area. You know how you expect the top edge of the waist band to sit under the boobs? Unfortunately it doesn’t, it’s about 2-3cms higher. This then has the knock on effect that the busty bit bunches up at the front and looks too big. Which it isn’t, because Eleanor actually asked for my bra size, and if you pull it down, it’s exactly right. It’s just that sadly it won’t stay down. I’m not good enough a dress maker (actually, what am I talking about, I’m not a dress maker at all!) to work out what is causing this, but I suspect that it is because the top bit of the dress is too short, so there’s nothing much I can do. Anyone more experienced in these kinds of things have any ideas?
Just to clarify, I don’t think there is anything wrong with the pattern, or the way it’s been sewn, I have this boob issue quite a lot, so maybe I have an unusually large upper torso or something along those lines. But it just highlight how difficult it is to make clothes that are ‘just right’ without properly trying things on or fitting things.
The other thing is that they dress is just off the shoulder, and it has a tendency to fall down completely in a sort of milkmaid style. Which actually doesn’t look too bad, but is not what I wanted. I’m hoping that some fashion tape (that is the official term, right?) will solve this though.
dress – Dig for Victory
shoes – Clarks orignials, present from my girly friends.