Tuesday, 25 May 2010

The Macaron Trial

It actually looks better on than it does on the dummy (and once again the poor lighting doesn't help but I tend to get things done at night when there are less distractions and I am more awake) but you get the drift. I'm actually really happy that I won't have to make any drastic changes to the fit.

The finished trial with one sleeve tucked in (you'll see the reason for this soon)

I was umming and ahhing about a couple of things:

1) Sleeves or no sleeves?
I was set on the sleeves but I saw Antoinette's version and quite liked it.

I decided to be a smarty-pants and see for myself what mine would look like both ways. After a bit of copying and flipping of my original picture, this is what I got.

Sleeves vs Sleeveless

Seeing as I'm not a massive fan of bias binding since I seem to be useless at it, I'm going to go with the original sleeve design. Also, it's winter over here and the thought of no sleeves at the moment gives me goosebumps!

2) Middle band or not?
Antoinette decided to remove her middle band - or rather she left it there but didn't use a contrast fabric. Gertie's version on the other hand went with no contrast but has what looks like a thin ribbon around the waist. Then when I look at Kathie's dress where she kept the contrast and added piping, I am TORN.

Once again, copy/flip gave me a better idea of my options.

Original pattern / No band / Slimmer band or ribbon

I think no band is the safest but as my contrast band will be in black, I might be doing myself a disservice since black is always slimming ;)

Black for the top and contrast band against the black-patterned white cotton

I think I'll have to cut the band in both materials and decide as I go - it shouldn't be a problem since I always buy extra fabric to allow for mistakes!


Angela said...

I love this dress! It looks like it's coming along. If you like the one without a waistband, maybe you could leave it off and wear a belt instead?

Antoinette said...

I like the black contrast waistband! So many options. I think my next version will have the petal sleeves, too.