I was so excited to make this pattern. I received it from the generous Angela of RiAnge Creations, after I put out a plea for the OOP Simplicity 2591. I wanted to make a vaguely nautical version like Adey and Farah had, but now there's a whole lotta wrong going on with this dress. I don't know squat about fitting, but even I can tell that there's something out of whack with this bodice: it's so tight across the underbust that I can barely lift my arms and doing up the zipper involves some serious contortions, but there is a big poof of fabric above the bust. It looks like my chest collapsed in upon itself. (I cropped off my head in all the following photos because I'm having a lazy hair day.)
The tragic part is that I used up almost all of this length of shwe shwe from Cape Town, and now I don't have enough left to recut, so I'll have to manage some kind of alterations on this bodice as is. I'm thinking that I should have cut a larger size in the front bodice and then done a SBA. Sound reasonable? For the more experienced sewers out there, what do you think would help at this point?
You can see in this photo that my upper arms are being strangled, but there's a good 6L of extra volume in that upper chest. Argh.
I am super happy with the zipper however. I hand basted so that I could match the pattern, and I think it's pretty damn good, if I do say so myself.
Oh Simplicity 2591, you will be the death of me. How's that for melodrama?
**Oh, BTW, two posts in one day is due to a combination of holiday (Yay Canada Day!), my man taking my son out for Canada Day Celebrations all afternoon and my feverish daughter napping for 3+ hours.