This is not a new garment (womp, womp) but it is definitely an improvement on one that I made before! Remember from this post how I was disappointed at how the dress made me look pregnant? Well, I took mimi g's advice (from when I attended her conference) and put it in the waistband that I was reluctant to add. I am sooo glad I did!
Keep in mind this is the same dress with only the addition of a waistband. Otherwise, this is the same bodice, same skirt, same dress form, and (almost) same angle. Seriously, check out the difference. :)
Remember, this is a wearable muslin that I intended to make using the Simplicity 2219 for the first time hence the so-so bodice fabric. I do love how it fits like a glove everywhere now that I have added the waistband, except for the shirring on the side panels.
By the way, the waistband piece that I added was from the same pattern I used in orange maxi dress. It was a perfect match!
So once again, here are the before and after pictures. Why should the addition of a relatively small strip of fabric make such a huge change?
I am no expert, but for women who have a significant difference between their bust and waist measurements, an empire dress would not emphasize smallness of the waist. In fact, it did the opposite in my case and made me look pregnant!
This was a learning experience for me because I never thought I had a small waist or large chest. I thought this might be even more flattering because it would hide my larger waist. Wrong! Seeing what a difference this made plus looking realistically at my measurements makes me realize that I have to define my waist or else I end up with a waist measurement the same as my bust and there's no way I have a 36" waist!
I should have realized this before, especially because I constantly belt everything. Remember my huge belt collection? Duh!
By the way, I hemmed it after taking the picture above since Lily is my only help when I need to hem a garment!
Also, I do realize that the different fabric choices for the top vs. skirt completely influences how your eye sees the dress, but the waistband addition is still a significant difference nonetheless.
My question to you: Was this something completely obvious to everyone else or did I help anyone out with this revelation? Let me know!