Welcome, Red & Black Week readers!
So after more than a year of this, and with Red & Black Week approaching, I figured it was time to get this sewn and stopped being judged by a non-sentient object. I started flipping through the pattern stash and came across McCall's 4444, a Laura Ashley halter
|This back is too low to wear|
a regular convertible bra
Perhaps it is because I am not used to sewing halter straps (my evening gown is the only time that comes immediately to mind), but the construction of these was really odd. It wasn't really hard, but it was weird. At least the instructions for this part were clear. I did make the change of closing the halter with a heavy-duty locking hook-and-eye because I don't trust buttons (what the pattern called for) to the stress of holding a halter shut. I didn't want to flash my cupcakes at an inopportune moment (or any moment, really).
Other than the changes I already mentioned, the alterations used the contrast fabric for the loop over the gathering, shorten the straps (typical for me), and add the Ms Pac-Man buttons. (They were custom made for me by Brittany of microwavedtofu on Etsy.) Because they are made of polymer clay, I didn't want them to go through the washing machine, so I attached them to snaps so I can remove them before laundering. I still have one left, as well as some of the original fabric, so I will likely make a hair accessory out of it.
So after all the rigmarole I went through for this, I would recommend this one for an intermediate. Or I am really losing my skillz and this is actually an easy pattern.
To make up for the lost inch, I think I might add some lace trim to the hem.