So this weekend's trick is a variation on a theme. It is similar to my "Dreaming of Spring Dress." In that it has that middle waistband piece. This version, however, has the bodice lengthened by 2 inches. I'm a little tired of the empire waist look and wanted a band that hit more at my "natural" waistline.
There are presently quite a few dresses being shown in RTW with this waist interest.
Close-up of Banana Republic Dress
Banana Republic Dress
Coldwater Creek Brocade Dress
There is even a new Simplicity pattern that has this very waistline detail - although it doesn't come in true plus sizes...which *sigh* I just don't get. I mean if I can alter a pattern to fit me using this design, why can't true patternmakers! *sigh*
I've spent the afternoon working on my latest dress from this boucle fabric:
...which I purchased from Fabric Mart at least 5 or 6 years ago. Wendy took a piece of this home with her to make a skirt, leaving the rest for me and bringing it back to my attention.
Here is a pic of the band being made. I knew that I wanted it to be embellished so after digging around in the trim drawer, I found two pieces that I thought would work.
Finally a pic of the embellished band attached to the bodice:
I stopped for a dinner break and decided to post an update before heading back to my sewing area to finish constructing the dress.