I know y'all must be thinking this is the pattern that just won't die...go away already, right? *LOL* Well, it's not that easy for it to ease into the sewing sunset because I want this pattern to be one of my go-to, make any time in almost any fabrication, TNTs. To do that I must make it a couple of times to work out the challenges...
...and I'm almost there. I like this version in terms of fit better than the first one...but I still need to do a tweak or two and then it will be perfect. So you want to see this version right, well here it is:
2.25 yds of a cotton/lycra border print from Fabric Mart
20" invisible zipper
3 yards of black bias binding (Faye thanks for noticing that!)
1. This dress is unlined. So I used the black bias binding to finish the neckline and armhole edges again.
2. I did adjust the pattern front and back by taking a tuck in the neckline and I do think it sits a little better on my body.
3. I also raised the underarm seam 1/2"...as well as tapering the side seam to contour to my body's shape.
4. I cut off 1.25" inches of the flare from the hem of the dress tapering to .25" near the top of the hipline.
Those were the changes that were bothering me the most on the last version, and now after making and wearing this one for a minute, I have just one more alteration to do to the pattern and I think I will be okay with the fit. I do plan on making this dress one more time for early fall using another one of my border prints and finally lining it...and then I will move onto other things, I promise! *LOL*
This dress turned out so well that I will even share a dreaded back view with you.
Now I know you are wondering what happened to the black linen dress, well here is where it stands right now.
The shell is constructed and waiting for the lining. I can't decide whether I should topstitch it as I originally planned, or just let it be a plain black sheath dress that will be a good basis for an array of cardigans and jackets...more on that later!
This is dress number 16...with dress number 17 hanging waiting to be completed. I'm thinking that maybe I need to concentrate on making something else during my sewing vacay...but what? BTW, I have 10 days of work before my sewing vacay begins and I...can't...wait!
...as always, more later!