I have been hanging out to make this dress for what seems like ages. I purchased the pattern early this year but put it away thinking that when summer arrives I will get it out again. Then I discovered Spoonflower!
I can't remember what month but this fabric was the winner of the geek contest on Spoonflower. The colour was amazing and it just spoke to me. Now ... I don't usually go for novelty prints but this, well I just had to have it.
At the first sign of Spring this dress just had to jump the que and be first onto the sewing table for Frocktober.
I put together a muslin first and just as well cause the waist was just too small, so a bit of math later and I'd worked out that each pleat, and there are 10 of them, had to loose 0.7cm which would give me the extra 7cm in circumference that I needed. I also had a hell of a time with the princess seams in the bodice - they weren't true princess seams because the pattern also has a bust dart. Anyway after much faffing it all came together.
I got some cotton batiste (well that's what I think it is anyway) from The Fabric Warehouse to line the dress, so it would feel wonderful against my skin in the summer heat, without sticking to me.
The dress provided for a hem facing. This is the first time I've done one of these - very easy I must say. I couldn't really workout why a facing and not just a hem, but as soon as I put the dress on I immediately knew why - it helps give the skirt some fooff and helps maintain the overall shape of the dress when worn - very cleaver if you ask me!
Look at the shape of the dress - isn't that so pretty?
My invisible zipper went in like a dream. No pattern matching here, as you can tell!
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