Sewing: Walkaway dress problems – help please, Internet :)

19 04 2015

I’m looking for anyone who’s tried to make the Walkaway Dress from this year’s Great British Sewing Bee book!

I’ve cut out my pieces, and sewn in all the darts etc, and sewn the skirt pieces together. That’s where my first issue lay

  1. The line marked Centre Back was on the fold, even though if you sew the two pieces together, the seam, not the fold, would go down the Centre Back. Maybe this has something to do with it?
  2. Anyway, on to the main issue at hand. I need to sew the Back Bodice, to the Skirt, but I’m having problems matching the waist.

  3. The skirt has 4 notches, the back bodice has 2
  4. None of the notches line up with each other
  5. Most critically, the back bodice waist is far shorter than the skirt waist, when they should match exactly…

Has anyone come across similar issues?
Does anyone know what I might have done wrong?
Is it something to do with the way I sewed the skirt pieces together?
Does anyone know what I can do to fix it?

I read on one forum that someone had adjusted their pattern “to make it work” but I’m way too beginner to know where to even start with that.

Any help or advice most gratefully received!

Thanks!

sewing bee