Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Butterick 9765: The progression of fit.
Description: Dress with softly tucked shoulders, shallow neck, set in short sleeves, front pleated flared skirt, self belt. Suggested
Fabrics: Silky Cottons, Soft Crepes, Pongees, Jersey, Silk Surahs, Silk Shantungs.
The "shallow neck" is what I would describe as a boat neck. It is long and wide and follows the collar bone. The softly tucked shoulders have what I would describe as a pleat on each shoulder, creating a nice gather of fabric that expands to cover the bust. The front pleated flared skirt is in other words sort of a full A-Line, with of course pleats at the waist to create fullness. And I do not know what they mean about a self belt, because there are no belt pattern pieces OR instructions in the pamphlet.
I am drawn to the pattern for two reasons, first because it is one of the few and rare dress patterns I have ever found in my size. I would purchase and sew almost any decent pattern in a 46 or 48 bust (so long as it is not a tent dress or something from the 70's), simply because I am semi-complacent due to limited options. Secondly, my guess is that the "soft tucks" at the shoulders are a good way to accommodate a large bust with minimal skill, and I have both of those things! This might be the perfect dress for me.
I conducted my first full bust adjustment on this garment, to semi successful results. I am feeling mighty empowered, and motivated to move on with further pattern alterations to reach a perfect fit. In addition to a full bust, I also have a very wide waist, so I am making tweaks here and there to accommodate my rotund figure. Diagrams to come as the fitting progresses.
For now, just enjoy the lovely pattern photo and imagine me in a blue polka-dot dress, with a bodice and skirt in perfect proportion to my figure.