The Shelby Dress/Romper is True Bias’ lastest pattern. I was in utter shock when it came out. It’s not actually named after me, but it’s still pretty cool to have a pattern out with your name.
I’m not sure I would’ve bought this pattern if it didn’t have my name for 2 reasons. 1) it is a fabric hog, for the long version I needed 4.5 yards. I normally won’t buy more than 3 yards due to budget. 2) I wasn’t sure it was different enough from the Yari Jumpsuit to warrant owning both. Not to say I’m not happy I bought it, just sharing my full thoughts.
The fabric is Rayon Challis. I have been sewing with Rayon Challis a lot, it is so pretty and soft to wear, but it is difficult to cut out. As I was cutting, I felt like I was cutting very accurately but when I went to sew it, found out it was growing on me. I’m a pin and scissors gal when I cut out my fabric, but Rotary cutter is probably best for Rayon Challis. The tricky part is the pattern pieces being too long. The fabric I used was on clearance which made it affordable for me to make this. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this, they only had 1 yard left.
I went into this a little cocky. Having just made the Yari, I figured I knew exactly what adjustments to make. I sewed a size 4 in the bust graded to a 6 at the waist. I did a small bust adjustment and added 1.5″ to the leg length. I also added some room in the back crotch.
Next time I use this pattern, I would make more adjustments. I haven’t quite nailed my fitting adjustments with True Bias. I love her designs, but my body compared to her body block isn’t a perfect fit. I was a little timid with my small bust adjustment, next time I would do a bigger adjustment. It seemed pretty good when standing, but when sitting, i have a lot of gaping. I think the front neckline could be a tad shorter.
I also think I could use a broad back adjustment. I can feel a bit of tightness there. The armhole isn’t perfect either. I think I need to lower the armhole and scoop a bit out of the front bodice armhole, and maybe add a bit more room to the cap sleeve. All that being said, I absolutely love the fit of the bottoms. It is so swishy and elegant. The drape is lovely.
I learned that I always need to make muslins when it comes to jumpsuits. I also learned that when making muslins, make sure you try sitting down. Had I made a muslin, I don’t think I would have changed anything because standing it fits pretty good. It’s when I sit I have issues, and I don’t normally try sitting with muslins.
Pattern: Shelby Dress/Romper by True Bias View D
Size: 4 bust/6waist
Fabric: Rayon Challis
Alterations: small bust adjustment, 1.5″ to leg length, small amount added to crotch curve
Overall: the bottom of the romper is an absolute win. I love the look of the garment, although it is a little extra. I wish I had made a muslin to make better adjustments. I haven’t nailed the fit yet. I would like to make the short dress version. It’s a beautiful pattern, but it isn’t necessarily a pattern you want to make over and over.