Red Velvet Project Red

This is my second version as a pattern tester aka Red Velvet Muse for Cake Patterns.

I am representing the small busted among us and I am here to tell you that here is a pattern that WILL fit you.  Good news, hey!

Anyhow, after making up my dressy LBD version I decided to try it in a very different fabric – a two way cotton stretch, also from Spotlight, in a bright and cheery red and white polka dot.

I made this dress up in an afternoon.  As I had made it before I was confident in the fit and also knew what adjustments I needed to make.  I made the version with the plain faced neckline (no collar, although the scalloped collar is gorgeous), the boxy pleat and no hidden pocket so it was a very fast make.

To read some more in depth fitting details and comments about the make be sure to head over to the Red Velvet Muse Page to read about this dress there and see some of the other gorgeous versions – this dress is very flattering across all shapes and sizes I think.

One thing I needed to pay attention to when making this dress is the included instructions for ensuring my bodice length was correct for my shape.  The distance from shoulder line to underbust can vary tremendously from person to person (who knew? Now I do) and this is accomodated in the pattern by clearly stated bodice lengths and instructions to measure your length and add (or remove) length prior to cutting.  There are also some tutorials on the Sewing Cake website.  This one for adding or removing overall length (which is what I needed to do – I added an 1″), and this one if you need to add more fabric just in the front. This allows you to be sure your top seam sits right under your bust  (or further down if that is your preference).

I found that this also will vary depending on the fabric.  For my first dress it has a 4-way stretch and I got away with my length being 1/2″ shorter than my actual measurement – in fact, any longer and I would have felt it was slightly too long.  For this fabric, as it only has a 2-way stretch  I cut it at the same length as the first dress but this one feels a little too short.  I also took off a totally different amount from the side seam for this dress (actually much more for this one as a wanted a closer fit) and it feels much tighter in the bust, also a result of the very different fabric.  This is good knowledge to be aware of when sewing with knits in general I think and why the flexible sizing of Cake Patterns is so helpful.

Look Ma! No gape!

My forward shoulder adjustment

I made an adjustment to my pattern prior to cutting for a forward shoulder adjustment in addition to my usual small sloping shoulder adjustment.  I will post about that tomorrow in detail for those who are interested in how I did that (and so I don’t forget what I did for future makes, seriously, my memory is terrible).

The boxy pleat. 

My polka dots are a little tilted, I didn’t spend alot of time trying to make it all perfect.  A simple cotton casual dress for day to day wear is what I wanted and that is what  I got.  But with those red polka dots, I feel cheered everytime I wear it.  Its a happy dress. 

  • Linda T

    So cute!

  • So cute!

  • Margo Bergman

    Yes! What a happy dress!! Beautiful fit.

  • Yes! What a happy dress!! Beautiful fit.

  • Shar

    You’re right that this dress has a totally different vibe than the navy one. If I hadn’t already known, I wouldn’t have guessed it was the same pattern. I love this on you – you look great in red! I’m definitely interested in the forward shoulder adjustment. After seeing your versions, I can’t wait to get my pattern in the mail!

  • You're right that this dress has a totally different vibe than the navy one. If I hadn't already known, I wouldn't have guessed it was the same pattern. I love this on you – you look great in red! I'm definitely interested in the forward shoulder adjustment. After seeing your versions, I can't wait to get my pattern in the mail!

  • MaciNic

    It’s lovely – thank you for both makes – and for the forward shoulder adjustment tutorial to come 😉 I am waiting very (im)patiently for the printed versions 😉

  • It's lovely – thank you for both makes – and for the forward shoulder adjustment tutorial to come 😉 I am waiting very (im)patiently for the printed versions 😉

  • Marie

    It looks great. The more I see this pattern made up, the more I want to try it for myself. Looking forward to seeing your tute, I think we must have a very similar body type (upper body at least).

  • It looks great. The more I see this pattern made up, the more I want to try it for myself. Looking forward to seeing your tute, I think we must have a very similar body type (upper body at least).

  • Sharon

    Completely different looking dress, love the red and white polka dots, perfect for our weather (maybe not today)!

  • Completely different looking dress, love the red and white polka dots, perfect for our weather (maybe not today)!

  • Lyn

    Is this fabric T shirt fabric? I saw this pattern fabric in Spotlight yesterday plus some other spot designs and a green and blue stripe. The sales assistant was doubtful about it being suitable for a dress but it has worked for you. It looks great.

    • Hi Lyn. Yes, this is from that spots and stipes range of cotton jersey that Spotlight is stocking I think it is meant more for kids wear and T-shirts. The sales assistant is completely correct: it really isn’t ideal for a dress. It wrinkles and it has poor recovery so doesn’t hold its shape over the day. But its pretty and bright and I decided to try it as I got it when they were offering the 40% off for VIP members, so its a $10 dress. If I could find this kind of polka dot in a decent cotton jersey with enough lycra content to give it good recovery I’d be in heaven and make heaps of them.

      • Lyn

        Yes that is the one I looked at. I also bought some of the same crepe you bought. I wanted to make another Tiramisu but it puckered when I tried to top stitch the shoulder seams so it has been put away for the time being as it is hard to unpick. You must have got on OK with it. I am similar size to you and also crochet and we seem to have the same taste in fabric!

  • Is this fabric T shirt fabric? I saw this pattern fabric in Spotlight yesterday plus some other spot designs and a green and blue stripe. The sales assistant was doubtful about it being suitable for a dress but it has worked for you. It looks great.

  • This is a seriously cute and happy dress! Love the spots. Thanks for the info on how well supported changes are for different body types, that’s really interesting. Might have to take a look for myself 🙂

  • This is a seriously cute and happy dress! Love the spots. Thanks for the info on how well supported changes are for different body types, that's really interesting. Might have to take a look for myself 🙂

  • Hi Lyn. Yes, this is from that spots and stipes range of cotton jersey that Spotlight is stocking I think it is meant more for kids wear and T-shirts. The sales assistant is completely correct: it really isn't ideal for a dress. It wrinkles and it has poor recovery so doesn't hold its shape over the day. But its pretty and bright and I decided to try it as I got it when they were offering the 40% off for VIP members, so its a $10 dress. If I could find this kind of polka dot in a decent cotton jersey with enough lycra content to give it good recovery I'd be in heaven and make heaps of them.

  • Roseana Auten

    Super cute and so are your shoes.

  • Super cute and so are your shoes.

  • Yes that is the one I looked at. I also bought some of the same crepe you bought. I wanted to make another Tiramisu but it puckered when I tried to top stitch the shoulder seams so it has been put away for the time being as it is hard to unpick. You must have got on OK with it. I am similar size to you and also crochet and we seem to have the same taste in fabric!

  • Nicki

    It looks like a very happy dress! Really cute.

  • It looks like a very happy dress! Really cute.

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