I took advantage of a fit clinic with Kenneth D. King at Sew Right, the terrific store where I bought my newest sewing machine.
This was the second one I had attended. After the first I started thinking about the styles I that I could never wear as RTW. What silhouettes would actually flatter, if they were altered to fit me properly. Although I am a fairly standard petite height, my upper body is even more petite than petite sizing. A fit and flare style would suit my shape, but even in a petite cut, I'm still trying to fit my hips into a higher place. Additionally my shoulders are very narrow, my under bust very narrow and my bust full.
The pattern is Vogue 8848 which I picked up on a rare Joanne's (bathroom pit stop on a business trip) visit. It definitely could only be made to work on me with expert fitting.
Early this spring, on our yearly fabric shopping trip to find a good friends birthday present, I found this lovely Jason Wu fabric at Mood. It is a cotton fabric, with a bit of texture. A bit thicker than most cottons, but not too thick. I'd describe it as something akin to a light upholstery fabric
It behaved up beautifully. A shot of steam and all those tricky pivot points just laid perfectly.
All seams are bound with Hung Sung seam tape:
It might have been worth the effort to get the zipper and tape to match, but I used what I had and I still think it looks pretty.
As the fabric has a lot more body than those the pattern called for, the stiffer fabric lead to too much in the skirt. I removed quite a large amount (24" total) from the flare. Just took out long triangle from hem tapering to nothing at the horizontal seams:
I should get a lot more use out of this dress as it really is just about reasonless Looks great with a black cardigan and may even work with boots.
Unless a special occasion comes up, I'm taking a break from dresses. That's okay; there is plenty else to sew. I'm planning a coat, more jeans and bras.