So, on to the next step. Take center stage, the portrait collar. Not something I have seen much of in current fashion, but when I was dreaming up the design for this dress, it just seamed (pun intended) to finish off the neckline beautifully, and make the most of my broad shoulders. It also nicely accents the Dior emphasis of an hour glass shape. Since my bust (ahem) isn’t quite up to Dior statistics compared to my hips and waist a little bit of help doesn’t go amiss in terms of optical balance.
First challenge, given I couldn’t find any guidance on how to draft one after a quick google search, it was back to the drawing board (or rather, pencil, ruler and piece of fabric) to figure out what to do. I butted the shoulder straps of the bodice pieces together, and traced the outline. First attempt was too short (despite adding seam allowances). I added a bit more to the front section of the collar to enable an over lap, and left the back open, it looked more cute that way.
Next, add a silk organza facing, stitch and press the whole thing after turning out the collar. I hadn’t left myself a seam allowance on the neckline (I wanted to see exactly where to cut it back to) so have stitched it straight on to the neckline. Of course the final dress won’t have this rather inelegant finish, but you can see what it will look like, which is the main thing.
Based on how beautifully (much to my amusement) the entire dress literally stands up all by itself, I think I may only line the bodice as it will have an organza interlining for the skirt already. We’ll see. I’ve trimmed the back neckline by a few mm just to even things out.
On to the waist band for the next challenge. Not so sure how best to add this. Add on top of existing waist seam line so it’s purely a cosmetic rather than functional feature?
My sister has suggested adding some boning, its hard to tell at this stage if its needed, because lets face it I cant exactly try it on at the moment! but what makes me very happy is that its really starting to look how I envisaged.
the collar pieces sewn together (with organza facing)
lets dance! the back (with open ended collar)