My dear GD is just 14 Y/O, about 5′ 10″ tall (YES!!) and about 105 lbs — or in other words, a beanpole!! She almost has a waist, but she doesn’t know where it is! We’re working on that…….
For her 8th grade Spring Dance, of couse Grandma has to make a custom dress for her, partly because any RTW won’t fit her and partly because it has to be a more “modest” style. She picked out McCall’s M5382 for the skirt and a sleeveless fitted U-neck top. The link to the skirt pattern is http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5382.htm?search=5382&page=1 . I am lining both the top and skirt (the skirt requires a lining to make the draped “cloud” effect.) I have added 9″ to the skirt lining to get it to the proper length (below-knee). My question is, should I add 9″ to the skirt fashion fabric also? Or maybe more like 12″ to 14″ so it’s long enough for more “clouds”? I have plenty of fabric, and I haven’t cut out the skirt yet, since I need your advice! Any recommendations from all of you more experienced ladies will certainly be appreciated!
So far, I have the top & skirt linings cut out, and the top lining is being my “muslin” for fitting. I’m working on cutting out the fabric top today, and then joining the two. I’m going to use a modified burrito method to join the top and lining together to get finished edges, and skip the armhole/neckline facings. I did put fusible interfacing on the lining neckline and armholes. When the top and bottom are joined to their linings, the top and bottom are joined together at the waist, and the invisible zipper is inserted. BTW, the fabric is the periwinkle BFF lining and poly satin currently featured at Hancock’s in their prom fabric group.
Thanks in advance for all of your suggestions! If I can do it, I will post pictures as we go along. She will be here for fittings this weekend.
Ooops — one more question! Any advice on how to make a TALL girl stand up straight and not have rounded shoulders? It’s driving me NUTS!! She’s a beautiful girl, but her poor posture really detracts from her appearance. I’m already taking a tuck at the CF neckline to take up the “gaposis” there. I have fantasies of putting something rigid in the lining, from shoulder to shoulder, to make her shoulders go back, but I doubt that would work. Any suggestions, PLEASE?????????