I have been on a sewing roll for the past few months, probably because I have been so inspired by my new job at the fabric store and getting more in to the sewing community on Instagram. This project was a bit on an undertaking and it was the first project I made a muslin for!
Pattern: Melissa Dress by Muse Patterns. I made a size 46 on the top, grading to a size 50 on the bottom in the D cup version. This pattern has very nice instructions and tells you when to finish your seams!
I decided to make a muslin for this dress because it is a fairly complicated pattern and there were several techniques I hadn't tried before, such as the double princess seams with pockets built in and collar set directly in to the neck. I am very happy that I tried out the pattern! There were several fit alterations I needed. As always, the arms were much too small, so I made those bigger. I also just cut out a size 48 for my muslin, so on the final version I decided to go down a size in the waist/bust and up a size in the hips. I probably could have stuck with a size 48 in the hips, but because I didn't put buttons on my mock-up I wasn't sure if there would be gapping at the hip area. So I decided to be safe and size up in the hips. From the muslin I also learned that this double princess seam design definitely requires pattern matching for fabrics like the gingham I used to mock it up.
Fabric and Notions: The main purple fabric is a light weight yarn dyed cotton. The contrast fabric is Sun, Moon, Stars which was a part of Cotton and Steel's Eclipse collection. The buttons are simple black plastic. All fabric and notions are from Stonemountain and Daughter.
Based on all the knowledge I gained from my muslin, I decided to go with a solid yarn dyed fabric, which I thought would bring out all the detailed seams in this design. For my contrast fabric, I chose a small-scale celestial print to give the dress a mysterious, magic vibe.
I am really enjoying the final dress! I love the details of this pattern and the vintage touches. I think of this dress as my "witch-y 50's diner waitress" look and I can't wait to wear it with cardigans and jackets for fall!