Hello again! I finally have pictures of the Advance dress that I was complaining about so bitterly a few months ago. Here’s the pattern envelope again:
And here’s my version!
Since the pattern I have is (nominally) a little too small for me, I wanted to do a muslin first. On the other hand, if it happened to fit, I wanted to be able to wear it. So, I made up the bodice out of leftover fabric from one of my first circle skirts and added a little length to the lower edge of everything so that if it ended up being the right size-ish, I could just tuck it in to the waistband of the skirt and pretend it was a dress.
As it turns out, the bodice DOES fit, which is a bit surprising since it lists the bust measurement as 29″ on the envelope! Either a gremlin switched out pattern pieces or this pattern has a heck of a lot of ease. Of course, I’m not big-busted by any stretch of the imagination, but with a gently-padded bullet bra, my measurements come in a lot closer to 34″ or 35″, and this top wasn’t THAT snug.
I ended up extending the zipper placket all the way up to the bottom corner of the underarm gusset, as I felt like the snugness of the top made it a bit difficult to put on. Once it’s zipped, it’s just fine… but wiggling into it is a trick. It does pull a little across the bust/upper back, but I’m pretty happy with it anyway. Speaking of gussets…
I think I managed some pretty successful First Gussets Ever. I really love how much more range of motion they give… I will be on the lookout for more gusset-sleeved patterns in the future.
General sum-up? I really love the finished result, even though I hated some parts of the construction process. I’ll definitely wear it again, and I might even consider making a full dress with this pattern… although it may need a few small sizing tweaks. I’ve got a few more (less over-exposed) pictures of it styled on my blog here, as well.