I drafted the initial pattern and then made a toile from a second hand bedsheet. Being an old bedsheet, the fabric is quite thin, so I'm posting a photo of the toile without me in it!
Apologies for the dim lighting - I opened the blinds and turned on the lights, but it is a very cold and gloomy day here in Canberra (what happened to Spring?!).
I changed the gathering detail above the bust to a box pleat. Mostly because I was feeling lazy.. (will I regret that I wonder?). My husband and I both think this looks a little too much like a nurse uniform, though I think that is more because it is white more than anything else.
Since making the toile I've adjusted the pattern. I've gained a bit of weight since my accident, so I had to make it all a bit bigger as well as a couple of adjustments to turn the pattern into more of the style I wanted. I'll have to forage through my cupboard to find some more fabric that can be used for another toile so I can check all my adjustments.
In the meantime though, here is the lovely fabric I was hoping to use for the dress. Alas, the fabric width is quite narrow, and with my expanding hips there isn't enough fabric for a dress. I even changed the pattern to have a side zip, to take advantage of the existing side seams to save a couple of centimetres of fabric from not needing to insert a back seam with zip, but I just can't squeeze the last couple of centimetres needed for the dress. So close, yet so far.
So now I have a dilemma - what fabric will I use instead? Or will I save the pattern and fabric for when I can be more active and lose the weight I have recently gained?
I thought of using this fabric instead. I bought it super cheap at The Remnant Warehouse when we were in Sydney earlier this year. It is quite thin though, so I had planned to use it to make a full skirt. I'm concerned a straight dress might be too thin for it (even with a good lining). But then I also don't love this fabric (I like it, but don't love it, and mostly bought it because it was so cheap), so maybe using it to trial a self drafted pattern is a good way to use it. And it has a huge width, so even though I only bought 2 metres, there is lots of fabric for both the dress and either a skirt or shirt as well.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Should I embrace the now and use the blue fabric? Or should I put this project to the side for a while and instead work on the shirts I'm planning to make from some of my recently purchased Melbourne fabric?