Were Gertie and Sandra Right, and What About Cynthia?
I have pics of both versions of New Look 6080. I should hurry and make several more right now so I can perfect this pattern, but I have decided I look better in slacks and blouses. I am just too crooked to wear dresses. Look at this picture showing my sway back. If I don't take waist darts in the back of my dresses, I look 6 inches thicker when you look at my side view in a dress.
If I had NOT put the back darts, the blue dress would go all the way out to the purple arrow at the back.
I am wide enough already, for Pete's sake, without my outfit making me look even wider!
I put BACK waist darts in this turquoise dress, but I put FRONT waist darts in the black one. I probably need front AND back waist darts in everything. I would like to make a different style, however, so everything I make doesn't look the same. Maybe if I used more drapey fabric, a dress would work better. I doubt it though because drapey stuff wants to CLING to every lump and bump on my body.
Here is the black one without waist darts.
Here is the black one AFTER I put waist darts in it and narrowed the wedges on the sides:
And here is the UNHEMMED turquoise one. I'll put a better pic when I get the hem in.
You remember my post about Sandra Betzina and Gertie? I think it was two days ago.
The black dress has the extra width added at the side seams. The turquoise dress has the extra width added inside. Here is the difference it made.
Gertie's tip of straightening out the center back seam didn't really change much. I think I NEED the inward curve at my sway back. She probably has never seen one as severe as mine.
Cynthia will be so happy that her edict stands!
As you can see, I still have strings hanging from the turquoise dress, so I've got to get it hemmed up. You can ALSO see that it doesn't have much room for a hem, so I am going to have to get inventive for that step. I figure these dresses look like evening gowns compared to the dust rags I showed you yesterday!
Got to get busy doing something that requires movement.