Tanya's new dress wasn't the only good thing to come from the Butterick dress construction post. Irene, who author's the blog, "Irene's Studio" left this suggestion:
"The style is wonderful. (Are daughters allowed opinions?) What if you made the tuck itself smaller? would that help the back to fall straight? Or ... stitching down the tuck further, to make it "open" further down???"
After reading this, I wanted to smack myself up side the head! Because the pattern instructions clearly tells you to stitch those pleats down...but me in my infinite wisdom decided to skip this part...Why??? Can someone please tell me why???
Monday night I stitched the pleats down and then I let the side seams out a little bit so now I have this:
So thanks Irene...your suggestion was timely and just what I needed!