But I didn't end up making the wearable dress I'd hoped for. My mistake was using a thick ponte and not considering the size. I just made the same as my first one, and due to the fabric's lack of stretch it's really a size too small....
If I'd got it right here's what I think I should have done - feel free to chime in if you know about fitting, 'cause I sure don't.
I think the shoulder size is good. I need a little bit more around the bust and upper back. Probably not an FBA, but just a half size bigger below the armscyes. The back strains the same amount as the front, so I get those bra strap lines that I abhor.
The waist is OK most days, although there are always those days when a close fitting garment just can't be tolerated and then this one definitely stays in the closet.
Finally, I definitely need a size bigger in the hips and upper thighs.
The PDF patterns that I've taped together are stored rolled up in tubes and there are quite a few patterns per tube. I discovered that I hadn't traced the long sleeve option and I couldn't be arsed trying to find the pattern and then get it to lay flat, so I reached for my beloved Metro T sleeve.
I created my own long sleeve using the top part of the Skippy dress, tapered to the Metro T width and then used the Metro T length. If there's one thing I got right with this dress it's the sleeve length. I might not have bought this dress if I'd found it in a shop due to the tightness, but I would have been delighted with the sleeve length and I would have wanted the rest of it to fit better.
I kind of wish I'd used the top half of the Metro T sleeve as well as I'm not really liking the fullness of the sleeve cap. It's cute and puffy in the short sleeve version, and looks great in a summer dress. But I think for a winter dress a flatter sleeve cap would have been better.
I'm not quite ready to chop it up and repurpose the fabric yet. If I was to forgo a few muffins and drop a kilo or two I think I could really like it. It can hang in the closet for a while, and maybe come out on those days when I'm feeling hot-mama enough for something tight and clingy. We'll see.
Alterations: Sleeve mash up with the Liesl & Co Metro T
Fabric: Spotlight Ponte
New Boots: I finally accepted that the long, black boots I bought in Venice in 2001 are at the end of their life. These new ones are from the Luisa outlet. I think when you go almost fifteen years between boots it's OK to spend a bit. Right?!