|Christian Dior Spring 2013 Couture|
|silk charmeuse in champagne, blush and red|
I found this Italian floral silk charmeuse recently at http://www.emmaonesock.com/. While the fabric was pricey, the fabric was wide for a silk, maybe 50", and the extra width will make for a good fabric layout for the under dress. I haven't sewn a floral dress in more than a decade as my husband is not fond of prints, but I love the blush and red tones of this charmeuse. The dress will be unlined.
|strapless dress fabrics|
Vogue 8894 view A is a perfect pattern for the floral dress. I just need to change the neckline, remove the Bodice Front center seam, and reshape the skirt hem.
|alter the Bodice Front pattern tissue|
First, I change the V neckline to a wide crew neckline. I taped tissue paper to the Bodice Front, and used a french curve to redraw the neckline. The V neckline is attractive but it will distract from the over dress design lines. Second, I remove the 5/8" seamallowance from the Bodice center front. Now the pattern piece is on a fold and there will be no center front bodice seam. There are no changes to the Bodice Back. These drawings illustrate the bodice pattern changes.
Since the hem is asymmetrical, there will be separate cutting lines for the right front, left front,right back, and left back skirt pattern pieces.
|Skirt Front pattern tissue|
|Closeup of Left Front Skirt|
|Skirt Back pattern tissue|
Here is the floral dress made up in muslin.
|Vogue 8894 basted together in unbleached cotton muslin|
|both dresses are fit and design corrected in muslin|
|The skirt is a circle whether it has side and center seams or not|
|the circle skirt stretched out of shape as soon as it was cut out of fashion fabric|
|Vogue 8894 in silk charmeuse|