Here is the "test" for the LBD - but it's in pink! In my last post I mentioned that I have some issues with this dress. You can see that there is excess wrinkling above the bust. I pinched out the princess seams and took them in, but this did not alleviate the problem and now I have wrinkling at the seams! (I think that's because I tried to fix that without taking out the princess seams before I resewed them. Oh, well. I think what I need to do is to fold out about 1/2" horizontally on the center front pattern piece. That may correct the problem. Also, I think this is what is causing the neckline to ride up so high.
You can see in the back view that I also have some wrinkling above the waist. I don't know why I didn't think to do a sway back adjustment on this before I cut it out. If I make it again, I will definitely correct that.
So, here is my question. I'm not sure if this is a flattering style on me. I thought the shoulders would appear wider and be a better balance for my hips. I like the fit of the dress everywhere except from the bust to the neck in the front. I have some beautiful black wool and silk lining that is just waiting to be made into a LBD!! Now, do I:
- make this again with the above mentioned changes?
- lower or change the neckline?
- Hem length: whether I use this pattern or another, should it be a couple of inches longer, shorter, or the length it is? I've seen some longer looking dresses (think 40s) that look pretty hot, but then I'm also wondering if it would be more flattering shorter.