"I feel pretty Oh so pretty I feel pretty and witty and gay And I pity Any girl who isn't me today I feel charming Oh so charming It's alarming how charming I feel" Westside Story.
Isn't it great, that my 16 yo will probably never read my sewing blog! I made this dress for her for a vocal contest, which she sadly did not win. But she bounces back really quick because she just wants to be a stage diva instead of an opera singer.
Back to business: This is the Colette Macaron pattern. Colette patterns seem to be well drafted and thoughtful. I really like how she angles some of the pattern corners so that when matching up they fit in the corner of the other piece so well. This is a really easy pattern. As any pattern for wovens, you will most likely be doing some fitting. Also, Colette drafts for a C cup. I made a muslin of just the top portions in a cotton and mostly took up the circumference of the ribcage and bust area. I also shortened the distance from the shoulders to the bust. These are typical fitting issues for my daughter.
I should have made a muslin with similar fabric to what the dress was going to made from. The dress in the pic is cotton sateen and a sheer poly knit. When I made this dress up, the knit portion was too long because I did not take into consideration the stretch going downward. I just tightened the sides more and deepened the shoulder seem. To relieve some of the bagginess in the back from the same issue, I just added some darts at the shoulder blade.