here, finally, is my finished eclair! i wore this for easter and i am very pleased with how it turned out. the bodice fitting threw me for a loop initially. i had to muslin it about three times before getting a good fit! it’s all due to the position of the princess seams and how they narrow to the center at the waist. while i love this feature, i certainly scratched my head a bit as i tried to work the bodice down to my bust size.
all in all, i got a fit that i am very happy with. i can stand, sit and breathe without being uncomfortable. always a good thing. to achieve this, i had to lengthen the bodice by about 1 1/2″. part of this is due to me hiking the bodice up because i have a fairly high bust (and needed a church appropriate neckline). but also i’m on the tall side (5′ 8″) and needed the bodice to hit below the ribcage. you know, for breathing purposes. i also added 1″ to the length of the skirt, plus did a tiny rolled hem. and truth be told, it wouldn’t hurt to have added another inch in length.
this skirt is huge, by the way. i have to confess i didn’t realize it was a full circle skirt until i had it on and immediately saw it’s twirling possibilities. so that’s why it took so long to hem this thing…
so here’s the rundown—
my shell fabric is a cotton lawn, bordering on voile, and the contrast ties are a poly chiffon. i underlined the bodice with muslin that i added fusible to. i didn’t want any fusible attached to the shell fabric and found this a really great compromise. i achieved the structure needed without the downsides of fusible possibly bubbling or causing weird creases or wrinkles on the bodice later down the road.
|sorry, weird smirk on my face here… it just happened to be the
picture that best showed off how the skirt hangs.
i fully lined the dress with a lightweight poly lining to which i added boning and a waist stay. it is amazing how much the waist stay does! it’s such a simple addition and really anchors the bodice in place without being uncomfortable. seriously, it only took about fifteen minutes to do this. and darn it all, i forgot to take pics as i put it in. next time!
i also added some tiny spaghetti straps, crossed in the back. these don’t add anything structural, i just feel more comfortable with them there. also folks, this dress needs some hanging loops. if i hung it by the straps, they would stretch completely out of shape. and if you don’t add straps… well you’re probably gonna want to hang it up somehow!
as a side note, i just wanted to say thanks to all the lovely comments on my daughter’s pajama pants. who knew all us fancy dressmaking gals would get so inspired by pj’s?
eclair pt. 1: a quick overview
eclair pt. 2: pockets!