I was sure that the pattern would work since I took such care with measuring, re-measuring, and comparing my measurements with the measurements on the pattern booklet. But I was wrong. The skirt part of the pattern fit beautifully around the hips. The bodice was just out of control.
The bodice length was too long for my petite stature. I thought that I could shorten it after the fact. I tried to take in some of the fabric at the shoulder seam but it did not work. It just drew attention to the fact that maybe I should also be taking in some fabric from the side seams between the armhole and waist seam as well. But I was wrong.
I was couple sizes smaller on top than I was in the skirt portion. No fault of Colette Patterns, I often find this problem with trying on clothing at the store. I guess the dress was not meant to be.
But maybe a skirt?
It worked. Tim Gunn might be proud? Okay, maybe not.
I cut the bodice so that there would be a wide waistband and finished off the edge with a narrow hem. The skirt hem is machine stitched with a narrow hem as well.
I still love the pattern, as adorable as I think that it is, I feel that it just might not be for me. The wrap-around skirt is another story. I think I can live with this in my closet.