I finished my Darling Ranges dress a few weekends ago. Just in time to don it for a baby shower I was hosting!
Even though it was a pain-in-the-ass to get to fit right, it really has nothing to do with the pattern and more to do with the fact that I have clown boobs (hate), and a waist (like) which makes fitting patterns…a challenge. I will leave it at that. I used Robert Kaufman’s Yarn-Dyed Essex Linen in Black and it was a dream to work with and wears really nicely as well. The fit ended up being adequate (which is between great and bad on the scale of things). I honestly kinda got tired of screwing with it to make it right (and fitting yourself is very very hard!). There comes a time when you just want to get ‘er done. It’s a tidge too snug at the bust, but that may work itself out as my boobies shrink (ahem shrivel) from breastfeeding. The armpits are also a bit tight but this is a problem I have with ready-to-wear garments as well. I haven’t figured out how to solve that problem with hand-made garments yet.
I ended up using pearl snaps as the closure mostly because I felt they would give it more staying power and would pull and gape less at the bust than a button would. I made the hem a little shorter than I normally would since I didn’t think going into the project that this would be something I would wear to the office. I also omitted the back ties and put in two darts to shape the back because I’m not a tie kinda gal.
Overall I’m happy with the garment and I can see myself wearing it to girl friend gatherings, date nights and maybe a few summer BBQ’s. Although the majority of the people I work with would care less if I wore this to the office, it isn’t something I would feel would be work appropriate because it would hamper my serious buttoned up style since a part of nearly every work day I sit across the table from a bunch of Pharmaceutical Company big wigs wearing tailored black suits while I tell them they are doing things wrong. Not to mention I would freeze to death in my Antarctic office!
I do not know when I will be calm enough to attempt making myself something this fitted again. I have a few skirts in mind and some blouses, none of which I suspect will have quite the fit issues I had with Darling Ranges due to styling. Hopefully I can get get motivated to make something again soon!