This dress was constructed in true---ready-to-wear fashion. Meaning, I sewed the entire dress on the serger. I used the regular sewing machine to complete 3/4" hem along with making the alterations for the neck and armholes. The facings were included with the pattern in this case, since it is considered a "fashion" pattern. If you recall the one I did for Jennifer...did not, because it was a sloper. The fabric was purchased by me from Sew Much Fabric, the online "fine" fabrics store I deal with mostly for any of my "online" purchases. I love working with the owner, Roz. She is very interested in making sure I get what I need. You all really should check her services out. Occasionally, she will sponsor one of my post. Which, can get blurred at times, since I purchase a large majority of my fabrics from her when I don't go out of town or to the only ONE fine fabrics store we have left here.
A little about why I have been using Bootstrap is in order. You see, lately, I have been testing these patterns up against my Cameo Fashion Pattern Design software, by Wild Ginger (not sponsored) in an effort to determine which one produces the best pattern to give my students who take my fitting classes. So, lets get one thing straight. Bootstrap is THREE (3) systems in one!! The "Fashion Design App" and the "Made-to-Measure Sewing Patterns" and an industry marketplace. (More on those in another post.)
"Lekala Sewing Patterns- Site" , and is no different, except for the website layout. Bootstrap offers everything on one website, to be used copyright free, and royalty-free, in multiple ways, by designers, sewing enthusiasts, pattern makers, teachers, etc., all with the desired outcome of creating "custom-sized" patterns to your measurements. All their systems will get you pretty close to a decently fitted pattern. But, this part of their offerings, the Fashion Design app... right now, will not take up my time EVER!! AGAIN! I'm serious y'all. It seems to have created the same problem I told you all about in my YouTube video on how to choose the right size pattern. Check it out if you want.
After all the alterations I did to get the neckline to fit, I will be going back to the pattern and redrawing all the lines to get my fit, albeit, it is a lot of work. Work I really hate to do in circumstances like this. I really despise having to redraw and redesign necklines for fit, even though I have done several videos explaining necklines to you how to get it done. It's just a lot of work, you already know!! This parting shot will show you that I really didn't concern myself with matching. Oh well....shoot me. I must have shifted that pattern a slight amount when I was cutting, because this is enough to drive your OCD tendencies up the wall and need medication. So, when you are standing behind me, keep it to yourself, "Connie!! and Beckie." LOL. (I adore you ladies.!)
OOOH BTW...do you all want a tutorial on how I improved this neckline?