What a relief. Pull a pattern from the envelope, trace it off, cut it out, stitch it up and it fits? That’s it?
I had doubts, I measured and even wrote to Sarai, who creates the patterns. I didn’t have to change a thing.
With no pattern alterations to attend, I needed something else to make it harder. Why not a self-fabric bodice lining, as seen in nice RTW dresses? Of course!
I used a lightweight fusible cotton on the midriff, straps, and around the top of the bodice. When I took apart the prom dress a few weeks ago, I discovered a lining/interfacing technique that doesn’t require interfacing the entire bodice. My prom dress had a facing cut from fusible woven, ironed and stitched on the inside top edge of the bodice lining.
I did the same thing. I cut the facing pieces from interfacing only, then fused them to the top edge of the bodice lining. When I went to stitch it down, I thought “why use a straight stitch when I can get away with a decorative one?” It took longer, but I like the result. Pretty linings are my favorite.
Pink cotton voile skirt lining, frothy white lace on the hem. Most of my skirts are lined; most of those have lace. I like a little inside whimsy, keeps a skip in my step all day long.
This whole dress kind of makes me want to skip and play. I’d call the color “happiness;” ever since I took it out of the dyebath, I smile when I see it. Color seldom affects me this much. I dyed the organic cotton and the linen in the same bath, I love how different fibres take dye.
When making a lined dress, I usually make two great dresses then combine them into one super fantastic dress. That’s more or less what I did here. I stitched the straps to the exterior after it was all assembled, put in the zipper, and then stitched the lining in from the end of the zipper up around the top of the dress and down the other side of the zipper, securing everything tidily.
If I can’t find a zipper that matches exactly, I go for a contrast. This matches the skirt lining. The pattern clearly states the top edges should be sewn together, the zipper goes under that little seam. I can see why, the edges come together at this point on the dress at a funny angle. It would be easy to make a mess here.
I used this half circle skirt because I adore it and I promised Janine I’d use it wherever I could:
Janine’s the one in the green.
I left off the pockets because they didn’t look right. It’s a shame, they’re such dear little pockets. I’ll probably stitch them together for a little Lila purse.
Speaking of, she kept arranging herself in front of the tripod:
I think I have enough of the linen left over to make her a Tea Party dress. We’ll match.
I’m pleased with the dress, it is just the level of cool and casual I’m striving for in my wardrobe. I could wear it to work sometimes and not be under dressed, and I like that it isn’t skimpy. I’m not sure I like it as a pinafore, though. It doesn’t work for me. I’ll try it again with the next blouse I finish, but I think this will be my “free choice” item in the contest- a standalone dress.
The hem is a little flippy on one side, and I can’t make the invisible zipper 100% invisible at the waist seam. Should I keep trimming and pressing?
This is a great pattern, I know I’ll be hitting Colette up for more patterns soon. If you routinely do FBAs and “sway back*” alterations, these patterns will be a revelation. If you’re on the thinner side, or never do FBA’s, you’ll have to play with the pattern to get it to fit.
By the way, my attire outdoors in the dead of winter speaks volumes about the climate. Sure, I had goosebumps, but no frostbite in my new sundress!
*What a misnomer. The more I fit, the more I think that juicier backsides need the same sort of alteration as a FBA. I call it a FBuA.