Readers, I LOVE this dress. It's super fun, surprisingly comfortable, and probably my best fitting garment to date. I'm actually wearing it for the first time today and still loving it. I'm not sure if there's much that beats a fit-and-flare for instant femininity. I feel like such a girl.
You'll probably recognize the fabric. It's once again a part of my $2/yard haul. I just can't get enough of those chairs! I purchased nearly 5 yards of it so I still have plenty to play with. I'm thinking TLM will soon have a matching skirt.
The pattern for the bodice is Butterick 5982. This pattern is great because it comes in multiple cup sizes so no full bust adjustment, yay! The bodice is lined with what I think is muslin. My mom sent me nearly a full bolt of the fabric so I decided to use it. It's not fancy but it's nice and breathable and feels good on my skin. I'm really happy with the zipper insertion. I've only done a couple of them. I had to do this one twice because I used my zipper foot backwards! As much as use that thing for non-zipper things, you'd think I'd have figured it out by now.
My fabric was incredibly narrow, around 42" after pre-washing so I had to abandoned the lovely bell-shaped skirt. Instead, I did a self-drafted dirndl skirt. Can you call it self-drafted when you took 2 rectangles the width of the fabric and sewed them together? Hmmm...seems sketchy to me but I'm going to do it anyway. I self-drafted the skirt.
I don't have any pictures of the inside but believe me, it's a thing of beauty. Not an unfinished edge to be seen. The hemline and zipper are all encased in the lining. The hem is once again hand stitched. I'm a little over hand stitching for a bit. I've done MILES of it thus month. Both skirt seams are French seams. I love French seams. They are so pretty and that extra touch makes me feel professional.
I've got some fun things on my docket including my first Moneta by Colette Patterns. You guys, I'm so pumped to get my fabric. It should arrive tomorrow and it's awesome! There's also some small girl's projects that may or mayy not show up here. Join me again soon and happy sewing!