*Not a real disaster. Annoying disaster, like realising your favourite bra is in the wash which sits perfectly under the top you wanted to wear today. Instead, you have to go with the only clean one, which the right strap always slides down.
The long and the short of it is, I’m still breastfeeding the baby, and have only worn knit tops since being reasonably pregnant. As such, I wasn’t really paying attention to how much my body changes over a day. I made three muslins – and each time with more pattern changes it still wouldn’t fit right, depending on how long it was since the last feed, which side she fed on etc. TOO HARD.
Thus the lovely 1940’s tea dress pattern was not going work, and I decided to make the By Hand London Flora dress instead, which with the cross over front construction gave the dress some room to move, as my shape changed over the course of the evening. The evening being the Sydney Frocktails of course!
Even then this make was beseiged by troubles, mostly of the ill-conceived and hastily executed project variety. The ikat fabric I bought for it? Not wide enough to fit the very wide skirt.
The large boobs? Ever tried to do an FBA on a mock-wrap bodice? Me neither.
And you know how you should ALWAYS PREWASH YOUR FABRIC? Yes well, that white binding on the skirt, and all the white bits on the ikat print used to be a bright white, and now has flashes of mute pink. Apparently there is a product you can get from the supermarker which helps remove bled dye which is on the shopping list.
Aside from all the dramas, I think the flora dress with get made again, even perhaps as a flora skirt. I might wait until I have a more consistent bust size as I’d like a snug fit across the bust, but the skirt is just SO TWIRLY.