- Deco design lines : TICK!
- No closures : TICK!
- No sleeves (its summer after all) : TICK!
- No darts (I hate darts) : TICK!
Ok, I didn't see the darts on the back of the shoulders....
Anyway, I jumped at the chance to try something different, even if I didn't think the silhouette was going to suit my very curvy hourglass body that only looks good with a defined waist.
The pattern arrived and I started to think about fabric that I might already have that I could use. The pattern shows the dress in two different fabrics - one for contrast - but I decided to be different (no surprises there!) and sew it all in the one fabric.
Its a gorgeous large-scale floral chiffon that I've had in my stash since forever. I think I originally purchased it from Gorgeous Fabrics, but it was 5 years ago or so, so don't expect them to have any.
(I now note that chiffon isn't a suggested fabric on the pattern envelope, but hey, when have I ever let that stop me!)
Then I got to thinking about the wonderful seam lines on the pattern. Making it up in one fabric would camouflage that lovely detail that really MAKES this design. So I decided to put piping in the seams, and the armholes. I made the piping from some cord and some rayon bias that I made for the purpose.
Then, with the pieces cut from the fabric, and the piping made, I set about constructing the dress.
This dress sewed up quickly, even though I went completely off on my own with construction methods (I top-stitched instead of sewing seams), and I was using a shifty and painful fabric. Its the kind of dress that you could easily sew up in a day, and is much more fashionable than any other patterns advertised as quick to sew (yet another tshirt dresses anyone?)
I also want to show you where Dita decided to sleep while I was making bias and piping, and sewing the dress together. She is so precious.
She like to be close to her mumma.
Before I knew it the dress was together!
Remember how I said I wasn't sure how it would look on me? Well before I overlocked/serged the side seams, I tried it on. It looked pretty good, but was really roomy at the waist, and I was a bit anxious about it. So I decided to take it in an inch on each side, and really that was all I needed to do!
Here is what it looks like:
I honestly can't believe how slimming it is.
It is such a comfortable dress in the heat. It moves really nicely, and fits really well. I've also been wondering how it would look made up in a light wool and worn as more of a jumper with a shirt underneath...
Maybe I will find out one day!
So in closing:
- This is a straightforward, easier than it looks, and quick to sew pattern.
- It features lovely vintage styling.
- Works on more body shapes than you think it would.