Since my first post on attempting a pattern from Tomoko Nakamichi’s Pattern Magic book over 12 months ago (remember the boob hole? :-P), I’ve played around drafting a few other patterns from the book. A few months ago I decided I wanted (another) black work dress – but a more INTERESTING ONE this time. So I went decided to go back and re-try Musubu: Bow B! (Technically this was my third attempt of the pattern, the second became a white linen top, which unfortunately ended up discoloured and had to be thrown out – boo!).
As the photo below shows, the dress is sleeveless. The dress isn’t lined (too difficult!), so I used bias binding around the sleeves, and around the edges of the bow.
Quirk 1) relates to the fact that my block is a bit dodgy. The dress I originally developed the block from, had a scooped back neckline… and while I raised the back neckline, you can see in the photo below that the collar still sits a little too far from by neck. It’s no deal-breaker though!
Quirk 2) See (above) how the fabric above the bust doesn’t sit flat? The bow is meant to pull that fabric flat, but what I *think* has happened is that I sewed the collar too far down the front loop (see below) – leaving excess fabric not pulled through into the bow. Does that make sense?