Yesterday was 70 degrees! Today it’s 40 degrees. Ugh. But at least I was able to wear this dress yesterday to the theater.
I’ve been working on this dress since right after I finished the plaid button down. The pattern is M6557, and is really pretty simple with only a few pieces and really not that much sewing. The top is lined, and the back is cut-out (my favorite part of this dress). Because the button down was such a challenge, I thought this would be a quick and easy project to building the confidence back up.
But here’s the thing. The bust darts were more than a little outrageous. I’ve had this problem on the last few McCall’s patterns I’ve used. Is it just me, or does McCall’s think my breasts are at my shoulders? And not only are the bust darts REALLY high, but they’re extreme in width, too. Unfortunately, this left me with the pointiest darn bust darts, a la Anne Hathaway.
I shortened and reworked the darts, and sewed and re-sewed, and pressed the crap out of the bust, and I was still left with pointy bust darts. Luckily, my professional-designer-aunt-in-law visited and told me to just take out a seam of the lining and extend the dart with the slightest curve at the end. So I did.
The bust darts are still a little wonky, but it’s wearable now. Anyone else have issues with the newer McCall’s patterns bust darts lately?