I really should be tired of working with this pattern, but it's a silhouette that looks good on me. And do you know how hard it is to find a well-fitted sheath dress in a plus size...d*mn near impossible! Let's not mention the fact that I can make it in any color or fabrication that I want...or the fact that I can just lay the pattern down on the fabric, cut it out and stitch it up. I think I tried today's version on after I hemmed it...ummm, that's my very last step and yet it fit...wonderfully!
This iteration is made from an ivory sandwashed silk twill that has been in my stash for over a decade. I bought it from a shop on 40th Street that no longer exists and have held onto it for years waiting for just the right project. It is lined with a tan bemberg lining...which has become my lining of choice! I just love slipping into a dress lined with this fabric. Not only does the rayon lining feel luxurious next to the skin but it is also cool in the spring/summer and warm in the fall/winter besides helping the fashion fabric hold it's shape.
An invisible zipper in the back, lace on the hem of the lining and bound armholes are standard in my TNT sleeveless dress. This version also has the little v-neckline with a seam down the front. Loads of fitting opportunities to perfect the fit of the dress, if they needed perfecting! *smile*
My goal is to have a version of this dress in every color in either a sleeveless or short sleeve version. I'm even thinking about a 3/4 (bracelet) length version for fall because it just functions so well in my work wardrobe. These dresses can be worn with cardigans, jackets or alone with an amazing necklace and be perfect for work.
I did cut out this sheer lightweight linen for the "quirky" little jacket in Butterick 5460. It's not finished but it will be a quick sew and will be a wonderful addition to my new TNT sleeveless dress.
(purchased from Kincus Fabrics during PR weekend)
I'm off to watch the last episode of Lost! Can't believe we've finally come to the end...
...as always, more later!