- Get the armhole to sleeve as well fitted as possible
- Get the excess fabric out of the sway-back
- Figure out a way to make the elastic empire waist as inspired by my most used dress
I couldn't figure out how to do the casing, so I marked the seam line and carefully pinned the pieces together, taking the back skirt up by 2 inches in the center back and smoothly curving to the normal seam at the sides. It took a few times to get things sewn properly, but in the end, I had enough "seam allowance" to make a casing to fit 1-inch elastic.
With the elastic in, it does pull the fabric close to my body, but not like in my model dress. I have to research to figure out how to make this kind of elastic waist.
Skirt backs hems are usually shorter than the front because my backside makes them rise up, so I added 2-inches to the center back hem, smoothing it into the normal hemline at the side seams. Two-inches might be too much, but at least I feel covered back there.
This much of a patterned fabric doesn't make a dress that I like. It looks cheap, which it is. This confirms what I've generally thought, cheap solids look better than cheap patterns. Maybe I'll cut this shorter to tunic or shirt length or maybe I'll use the fabric for something else.
I wanted to get a work appropriate bodice; that's why the neckline is high and the sleeves long. Another research project is how to make a cross-neck or whatever you call what my sample pattern has. Even if I make it high, the construction should make the garment less leaning-towards-frumpy, right? The Karina dresses are my guideline for nice-looking, patterned dresses.
Anyway, I got the sleeves and the swayback fixed. Two out of three isn't bad, especially since I no longer have a full-length mirror and have to use self-timer photos and a hand mirror to fit myself. Now the trick is to replicate these results.