Today’s submission for Refine My Line is a designer who wishes to remain anonymous so I’ll call her Stephanie. She’s been a member for a long time (four years?). While not perfect, this piece is pretty solid. The designer states:
Asymmetrical Wrap Dress: I’ve made a few small changes to this already, but I keep having a problem with the neckline drooping a bit where the bodice attaches to the waistband. I’m not sure if it’s my pattern work or the fabric stretching. This is kind of hard to see in the photo.
And indeed it is hard to see what Stephanie is talking about unless you see the larger view. Having worked on a few similar styles, I’ve got some ideas as to how to repair the problem. Unfortunately, to get the desired result, it can mean a variety of things ranging from pattern corrections to stabilizing it. However, one can’t apply prescriptives willy-nilly. They have to be in character with the dress and this isn’t a style that would lend itself to facings or a lot of structure.
I can’t speak for you but I’ve tended to avoid asymmetrical closures like this because they can be such bugaboos depending on structure, materials and bust size of the wearer. I’m not suggesting it can’t be done just that it takes more iteration than I like. And no matter what I do, I always have to use a pin or something right there at the bust.
Now that I’ve shown more of my hand than I really should have, what advice would you suggest to reduce the fullness or length of line or even, stabilize the asymmetrical close? And while we have our designer on the hot seat, please make note of any other details you think could stand a bit of improvement. Again, please limit the discussion to structural stuff as opposed to styling.
And yes, if interested you can submit entries for RML inclusion to me via kathleenATfashion-incubatorDOTcom.