I can’t tell if people are excited or even interested in our new series since yesterday’s entry only got one comment. Hmm. Rockabilly Cowgirl’s thread in the forum has gotten a lot of traffic though. I’ve already posted Monday’s entry there and we have lots of feedback so I hope it’s just as productive out here.
Preamble dispensed with, RC wrote:
I am definitely one of those people who thinks my product is put together very well, but I know there is improvement to be made – just not sure exactly what to tackle first. This style is unlined, but I’ve been tossing around the idea of lining it after talking with a few customers at shows this summer. It’s a heavier stretch cotton, so I hesitate to line it due to the possibility of the lining restricting movement – unless of course I use stretchy lining.
I’ve thought of some guidelines for discussion for the series. It would be great if you could organize your comments in different categories. The ones I used were Fit, Pattern, Construction and Styling. I would prefer you limit any styling suggestions. If you must do it at all, use a very light hand -although you can say if you like it. Generally, it is frowned upon if a pattern maker or sample maker critiques style decisions of the designer and since that is your role here, I hope you will consider following suit. Unless of course the designer has asked for styling feedback.
Important: Critiquing fit will be difficult because many samples are worn by models who were not fitted to the garment because most styles won’t be one of a kind and cut to fit. Try to stick to fit elements that won’t vary for a suitable body range for the given size.
At upper right you can see the profile shot of the bodice. Below are more photos. Clicking on any photo will take you to a larger image. Have fun!
Edit: I reiterate, I would prefer you limit your styling change suggestions. If you feel absolutely compelled, use a very light hand -although you can say if you like it. It is nearly always inappropriate for a pattern maker or sample maker to critique style decisions of the designer and since that is your role here, it is better to follow suit. It would be another matter if this dress were untried and intended to appeal to a broader spectrum of women but it is neither. This style is selling well to RC’s target market; they are much younger than our average visitor and don’t have the same figure perseverations that we do. Thanks.