A couple of months ago, I got super addicted to the, Craftsy website and I really love their sewing classes!! I'm lovin how interactive they are, how clear the videos are shot, from supplies needed, preparing the pattern, alterations needed, really true step by step for visual learners like myself.
Now, I've taken other online classes before, but there's always some type of time factor involved, online chat sessions (which can get boring to read and scroll thru) with a picture here and there etc. and I just can't learn anything without seeing how you do it, seriously lol.
One of the first classes I took was Gretchen's Bombshell Dress class. I was very impressed, and learned so much from her, and the best thing is, I can re-watch it again and again whenever I want to! Can you say, Genius!
The techniques I learned in the course were applied to my latest dress by Leanne Marshall (S1876). I actually like both views in this pattern, but I felt this view would allow me to try some of the things I learned. The bombshell dress is... somewhat similar, being strapless requiring boning and well fitted an all.
In the course, I learned how to use steel spiral boning which came in handy for this dress and gives better shaping results, and unlike others, move with your body instead of bending in awkward shapes or just plain ole poking me, lol. I learned how to make bra cups to shape the bust area, how to make the top of the bodice cup you, to prevent gapage and also how to add a waist stay!
Soo, with my new-found skills, I incorporated what I learned into this dress and I tell ya the fit is very secure. My original bombshell dress is still a muslin, but I no longer fear the strapless dress and I also have 4 craftsy classes under my belt so far!
I used a Robert Kaufman cotton fabric, and I love this print, and I lined the bodice with a similar black cotton. I had to try my, most favorite belt on with this dress to break up the print and I think it works well with or without it.
This dress was very straight forward to make as it was originally drafted, but using my new skills helped customize the fit to me. The other alteration I made was a 1/2" fba.
I'm very happy with my dress, and I can't wait for a new class to start, Thanx for stopping by!