Halloween Peony

October 20, 2012

Well first off, let me just say that my battle with the fit of this dress was a tough one. Everything I tried seemed to work for one issue, but then make another one worse. In the end I altered this pattern SO much that I can’t even call it a Peony anymore! This is technically a wearable muslin, and I’m happy enough with it to just throw in the towel and move on to another project. I’m not cutting into my prized Ghastlies fabric to make something that doesn’t fit. BUT! I will say I’m super happy with how my alterations turned out, and it was definitely worth cutting into this half priced Halloween fabric from Joann’s, as well as the learning experience I gained.

I ended up doing ALL the alterations I mentioned in my previous post, with the addition of the little tucks at the front neck to counter the front gaping caused by deepening the back darts. It’s kind of hard to see in these photos, but instead of widening the bodice darts completely I just rotated them outwards towards the bust. Then I raised the position of the bust darts and made them much shorter. Those two alterations alone made a HUGE difference in the shape and fit.

You can see how much I took in the back darts! It still gaps a bit at the neck, but no where near as badly as before. The hook and eye closure helped a wee bit too. I added 2 inches to the bodice length and thought it would be perfect after the seam allowance, but it’s about a half inch too long now. Still, it’s a much better than being too short!

I skipped the sleeves and facings and used bias tape to bind the neck and armholes instead. I’m really not a fan of sleeves or facings. Plus, bias tape is freaking awesome.

Petticoats are the best inventions ever! I can’t get enough of them! I thought a cemetery was an appropriate place to take photos of my Halloween dress, but I have been known to hang out in cemeteries on any occasion. Ok, now for some gratuitous photos of myself being a dork…

Annnnd just so you guys don’t think I’m a total square who takes themselves way too seriously…

YAY FLUFFY DRESSES!!!!!1! Oh, p.s. I got my Lucille fabric from Spoonflower in today and it’s AMAZING!! More on that later 😉


Can’t wait to see how everyone else’s Peony dresses turn out!


Have a great weekend 🙂


other outfit details
shoes, tights, and belt: old navy
hair: sugar rush
leaf hair clip:  made by me!
glasses: ray-ban