Friday, March 13, 2009

DecoVibe Delisch Dress - waist not want not

What I had in my mind:
Dries Van Noten, Fall 2007 collection

Dear seamstresses and fashionistas out there: I have been imaging myself at a swinging 1970s party, glass of wine in hand, stylin' in my drapey maxi dress. 

Things have not worked out as expected. I made a muslin for the Deco Vibe Delicious Dress. I really do not want to admit this, but I'm feeling seriously disappointed.
Muslin of the Deco Vibe Delicious Dress

Muslin fabric cannot, and should not be allowed to tell the story of this dress. But it's clear the muslin I made from the pattern does not look like the illustration on the pattern envelope. There is one important reason why: no waist.

The pattern envelope describes shaped center front and back seams. If you look at the illustration, the dress appears to have a shaped side seams as well:

The illustration shows waist shaping

Here's the side seam of the muslin
Slightly, but almost imperceptibly shaped 
(I was too despondent to iron it)

Something else about the Dries Van Noten dress: the gathers start at the very bottom of the V, at the lowest point of the neckline. These gathers all emanate from one point and open horizontally and vertically. The design ends up fitting something like an empire dress - at least that's how I read the photo. It's not the same shape as the HotPatterns dress.

I'll attempt to reshape the muslin by:
1. Curving the side seams
2. Adding darts to the back
3. Adding a seam for the center back of the neck binding
4. Adding a zipper down the back

If any of this works I'll let you know. Otherwise I'm trying something else: Simplicity 2754.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed at all the effort you put into this pattern. I hope you love the result in blue silk. Another pattern which looks sort of like your inspiration dress is Vogue 8578.