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For this project my inspiration was a dress by Claudia Strater.







A lovely summer dress in a nice print. Upon studying the details on their site I saw a horizontal seam in the waist. At least, that’s what I think, as it’s not very clear. That was at least also very helpful from a drafting point of view, I used the horizontal seam in both the front and back center pattern pieces.

My version is made from a knit fabric that has two tones of thread in it, in the salmon there is a bit of red as well. It’s not perfect and I would have liked the v neck a bit deeper. It’s more fitting than what I usually do in knits and I should be very aware of what I wear underneath. A cup seam is very clearly to be seen.
Apart from the that the main drafting issue is in the backarmhole. I made a quick muslin of the upper part and then again a quick muslin of the sleeve in this dress. I changed the sleeve a bit but it’s not good yet.
I guess the issue has to do with the armhole on the back pattern piece. I’ve posted the question on the Craftsy platform and am waiting for a reply.




Still I think it’s a nice summer dress, it will go with me to the south of France and Italy (soon!).




Comments

  1. Looks like you'll need to adjust either the back of the sleeve to allow more ease or the back side panel, but it's certainly wearable as-is. If you want future iterations to be closer to the inspiration piece, try shortening the sleeves more and making the skirt less full, especially in center front. It's a lovely dress!

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  2. This looks so lovely on you. The color suits you. It does a good job of showing off your curves - fitted in the waist without being too tight around the hips. The neckline looks so interesting - is it finished, or are those raw edges?

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  3. It's pretty and flattering. I am curious to see how Suzy suggest you alter the sleeve and if it's the sleeve or the armscye or both.

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  4. Simple chic. You really nailed the fit on that dress !

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  5. What a beautiful shape on you!

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  6. It's a lovely design and a great silouette on you. Once that sleeve is worked out it will be a perfect TNT that you can jump off from. In the meantime, it is totally wearable and attractive.

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  7. It does fit so well. Will be interested to hear what the issue is with the back sleeve.

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  8. I love the style of your dress and look forward to see how the sleeve issue is resolved. It's very flattering.

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  9. The shape of the dress is perfect for you and will look great in a small print. ParisGrrl is right in saying that the side panels need a little extra. Easy adjustment on the next one.

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  10. It looks so good and looks good on you too. I like that the back neckline is a vee also.

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  11. Lovely dress Sigrid. I find myself attracted to this design, too.
    Funny thing, I had the same situation with a top and said I didn't like to see the seam of the bra through the dress. My husband assured me that it is a very nice look from his point of view. OK. That's men for you.
    It's nice to see your projects using the information from Suzy's class.
    More inspiration for me :)

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  12. Jennifer MathisonJune 16, 2015 at 2:38 AM

    This is also one of my favourite styles. It seems like this style of dress can be worn just about anywhere.

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