- Opens when walking, showing off my petticoats (Pattern flaw due to it not having shaping at the bottom of the skirt panels)
- I had not taken my height into consideration in allocating fabric to the skirt (I have since learn't that I require more fabric due to being 6ft or 183cms, this means that the fabric grabs around my legs making it difficult to walk)
- No lining on the bodice
- The crossover bodice's pleats were badly fitted
- The rear skirt pleats were fitted facing outwards, instead of inwards
- French seems had not yet been invented
- Sewing machines had not been invented, so machined seems should not be visible on the outside.
I have also learnt the importance of toile, toile, fit, pin, fit, reping, fit. sew, refit, sew... to get a perfect fit.
I am now very happy with this dress, especially considering its age and origins.
It is depressing to remove 3" from the bust of the bodice... I know it was too big and baggy... but still bad for the self esteem.
I think the loss was for the best, however, as it now sits nice and flat.
The completed/repaired dress. I always look shocking in photos, especially after a long day of sewing.
Back view showing the new pleated back.
I am also very happy to report that the dress now stays closed. To test it I wore it around the local township while shopping. I think the repairs were highly successful from the trial run. Strange thing is that not one person stared or commented on my lovely dress.... they must be getting used to seeing me garbed strangely.