Well, I'm about one day (or less) from "walking away" from the walkaway dress!
WRT this patter - As Gertie's Post somewhat seemingly suggested - it's not that tailored as it could be (I would suggest almost kitschy); as Katie's Blog pointed out - the pattern is extremely hard to fit correctly; and finally, as experienced sewer Rachel pointed out - the results are iffy. Although it was wildly popular I wonder how well drafted this pattern really was from the start. . . .
So the known problems are: (1) This pattern requires tons of fabric - approx. 4.5 yards; (2) Circle skirt pulls back down severely during wear; and (3) short skirt in front rides up terribly and catches the knees. I think that sums it up.
Here's my problem - I want to use somewhat expensive fashion fabric (Echino gauze from Japan). Below is the front piece and for the contrast fabric I have the same fabric but reverse colors.
Then I plan to line the front half to weigh it down a bit. However, even in the tissue fitting - the back pulled way down. The tissue fel like it was just off. Part of the problem was the tissue included the full circle skirt. I could easily adjust the bust darts and do a full shoulder adjustment. My other worry is that I bought the pattern too large. The smallest size is 16 and in this pattern I am a 12 or 14 - but can scale it down to fit, if needed. The tissue wasn't that large - but it was wonky.
I did plan to bring up the hem to just above the knees instead of keeping it long. I can add a crinoline if needed. I did plan to make the adjustments that others suggest (extra buttons and snaps around the skirt) to keep the fit correct and the back from pulling down.
I also wanted to wear it with these boots!!
I just don't think this is the best option right now! The tissue fit seemed generally "off." What do you say readers, should I continue on - am I giving up the fight too quickly - or heed the wise bloggers advice - and walk away?