After making Anna Maria Horner’s museum dress, I really wanted to make another one. I liked Rhea’s idea of addition a swath of fabric down the center of the dress, just to give a bit more room and color. I decided to go use some of the fabric I found on one of my SAS trips.
That’s were I went wrong. I choose fabric that was quite a bit more stiff and just doesn’t drape nicely. It’s pretty and would have made a nice dress, but just not in this case.
But, I did learn quite a bit when making this dress (in fact, I actually read the directions a bit closer). The key item: using elastic – NOT elastic thread! Wow – what a difference! The waist area just smocked right up, as opposed to my usual failed attempts with smocking. There is a waist there!
Only, I didn’t draw straight lines on the inside of the dress like I should have and the elastic kinda goes wonky every which way all around the dress. I could use the excuse that I’ve never really used elastic much before, but I know better. Next time: draw those darn lines! And maybe only do one line of elastic before trying it on and then look in the mirror to decide if I need to add more.
I also think I made the fabric swath down the middle far too wide. It makes the neck and shoulder area look line a linebacker. I like the square neckline, but this is too much.
I had to take the shoulders in quite a bit – something like four inches or more. And then those unmentionables were still showing, so I did some creative sewing to try to hide them…and now the shoulders look a bit ruffly. Oh well.
I made the side slits just like last time. This is one feature I really like, but I think next time I’d do it only on one side.
So, I can use any fabric to make a museum tunic dress, but next time I should use one with more “drape”, preferable one that is a bit more light-weight and not so stiff. It was fun to make this dress and it might become a house dress or just end up in the costume box. We’ll see.