Note to self, wearing light dresses in windy weather is not advisable.
I intended to take photos of this dress in our garden, but the wind did not agree. I tried and tried and ended up with only 2 photos that could be shown in public…even these were probably revealing if you were standing in a different location!
So we came inside and tried a few places…
Before finally settling for my sewing room.
About the dress. I love it, but I cut the pattern wrong and it’s a bit gapey around the chest. I think I cut the side bodice a size too small, so to make up for it, I cut the front bodice a size too big, which means that the princess seams aren’t over the fullest part of my bust, hence the gapeage!
The fabric is a delightfully soft viscose that I managed to get on sale from John Lewis. It’s quite thin so I lined the bodice, but left the skirt. I can always wear a slip with it and I didn’t want to add any more bulk around the waist.
The pattern calls for a very full gathered circle skirt, which I didn’t have enough fabric for. Instead I just gathered 2 rectangles, the width of the fabric.
2 of my favourite details of this dress are things that happened through mistakes on my part. No. 1 – I didn’t make a muslin and the bodice was too long. Being far too lazy to take it apart and alter it properly, I added a horizontal tuck under the bust. You can’t really see it in the photos, but I think it adds a bit more interest. No. 2 – I ran out of purple buttons, but had these green ones, which were exactly the same shape and size, so I used them to finish off the dress.
This dress is perfect for this time of year as I can just keep adding more layers over and under it as it gets colder! I can wear it buttoned up or with the top 2 open like lapels – which do you prefer?