Meredith in muslin

I attached the skirt to my muslin version of the Michelle My Belle Dress today. I’m so glad I chose to attach the skirt instead of only practicing on the bodice because I discovered there are some changes I want to make so that the dress better suits me. You can see here that its a bit poofy. I’m not all that well kempt either, but try to focus on the dress.


I’ll certainly cut the skirt panels to be smaller so that I don’t have to gather as much. Its a beautiful look, but a more streamlined waist will better complement my figure. Although, if I lengthened the midriff panel, I could certainly keep the gathers.

Muslin side

Either way, I know this is a pattern I will be using a lot. Its about as classic as a dress comes, and there are endless ways to style it so that I can have ten different versions of this one dress. I’m thinking before I dive into my Liberty fabric, I’ll make up a version or two in voile. I mean, it won’t hurt to have more dresses. It is, after all, the sort of clothing I’m am most lacking in.

What I’m saying is, prepare to see many more versions of the My Belle dress in this space. I’ll try to do my hair and makeup so it will be more pleasant to look at. :D


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