Heather recently came for her first muslin fitting. Although it fit around her properly, it was way tooo loong in the torso to fit her in any sort of reasonable way. So we fit and pinned. This is what a muslin is for!
Now I have a laundry list of fitting issues to take care of including:
-take length out of the shoulder on the front bodice
-take length out of the front bodice at the side seams
-take length out of the back bodice at the side seams
-remove more from the front darts under the bust
-add a bit more width to the A of the skirt fro the high hip to hem
After we had everything pinned and fitted, we took a look at the style. We put on the skirt tiers, and well, it didn't pan out as we were intending, everything was a bit too... overdone? Scalloped or straight (it was such a close vote, we tried both), on Heather, it just didn't mesh well. No pictures of that.
Instead, we discussed what we were trying to achieve by adding tiers to the design in the first place. We wanted depth and layering in a fashion forward way. We then talked about why this look didn't work for Heather once she put it on. The scallops on Heather's frame overwhelmed her and made her look a bit like a girl that got into her Granny's best clothes to play dress up. The straight across tiers looked too severe and maybe like a kitchen apron gone awry?
So here is what we came up with:
It's quickly drawn, but hopefully you get the idea. We decided to do a few things. First, we did keep tiers, but reduced the number. Then we made a dramatic change to the shape of the hem of each tier. We thought that the diagonal lines of the peak were much more authentic to Heather's aesthetic (say that three times fast!)
What you can't see in these rough sketches are that we eliminated two of the colors from the skirt and thus, the ombre effect of the dress. Instead the entire dress will be gold and we instead will play with the three fabrics' textures-- lace, matte sequin and silk blend.
And that brings us to the next vote! Heather 'mustache' you a question.....
Once we know which to choose, I will correct the muslin and pattern for both fit and style, make a 2nd muslin, then continue onto the real fabric!
That's it for this week. Don't forget to vote in the comments below, on Instagram (@RestitchStudio), or on Facebook. If you feel passionately, you can vote on all three!
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!