In the least surprising news ever… I made a dress! From knits! With a Cashmerette pattern! It’s short, I like it, and I can wear it with any colour.
There. That’s 75% of the review sorted… on to a few details and ramblings! 😉
The fabric is a textured polyester double knit that I bought last year, and I finally decided I should sew it before windowpane goes out of style! I initially hemmed the sleeves one half-row of squares longer, but I found that when my arms bent, the whole sleeve and shoulder rode up awkwardly. This new length seems a wee bit short, especially on the inner arm, but the dress sits better now, and hopefully no one is looking at my inner elbow, right?
As with my other Concord ponte shift dress, there’s some awkwardness in the back. I don’t think it’s a swayback issue – instead, I think there is not quite the right distribution of width over my lower hip, where I’m widest. The annoying thing is that I had added additional width at the sides, but ended up shaving some of it off because it was sticking out in wings instead of pulling back to accommodate my rear. Is there an adjustment I can do to improve the fit next time, or would I need a centre back seam/waist seam? Would fisheye darts help?
I’m getting sick of taking pictures on my porch while I wait another month for grass to make parks, sidewalks and other photo locations pretty again… so I tried taking pics on my steps instead. That brought me back to one of my favourite posts from the Better Pictures Project last year: Sittin’ Pretty: How to sit and still look pretty in photos! This time with the extra challenge of a short skirt!
Speaking of Better Pictures… I’m still learning new skills! The bottom board has fallen off our stairs, so every picture had a gaping black hole which really annoyed me. I messed around in Photoshop for the first time, trying to fix it… to mixed success! By which I mean, I did a horrifyingly bad job, but I’m hoping you didn’t actually notice which of the pics at the start of the post had been tampered with, until you go back and look closely. I copying and pasting, and also used the lasso tool the filled with “context-aware”, but it always pulled black from my leggings into the surrounding white stairs. Can anyone tell me how I really should have done it, or direct me to a good tutorial?
I’d love your advice on fit and Photoshop! Thanks!