Let me start out by saying that the dress isn't finished. I have the basic shell completed but the dress still needs sleeves, a lining (which I only decided upon after getting the shell done), and I may yet add a black band to the bottom of the dress. It is still very much a work in progress.
embroidered tropical wool, black wool crepe
mother of pearl flower buttons
I found this Out of Print (OOP) Vogue Pattern by Sandra Betzina in the collection while searching for another pattern.
I loved this top when it came out and thought the details would work well on my TNT dress. I didn't want the neckline but the sleeves with the band & button were very appealing. I finally decided that I would make black colored bands at the neckline and the sleeve bands. A search through the fabric closet yielded a medium weight black wool crepe that was the same weight as the tropical embroidered wool.
Of course, I used my TNT dress pattern as my starting point. The first alteration was to make the bands at the neckline on the front and back dress pieces.
front piece with yoke
back piece with yoke
matching the plaids and the black bands
...then an embellishment was added to the neckband. I really wanted the embellishment to be a rounded band with the button added to it...but I just couldn't get it to work. So I cut the band down, twisted it and anchored it to the neckband with zigzagged bars and a few hand stitches. Finally I stitched the button onto the top using a double strand of waxed thread.
I'm liking this look and doesn't the button work well with the fabric?! It's not quite how I imagined the dress when I started the process but it incorporates the buttons & bands from the inspiration piece. It's also unlike any dress presently in my wardrobe.
So this is where it stands now:
I will work on it again next weekend...hopefully getting it finished, as well as, the Simplicity jacket...which now no longer works with this dress...but it will work with the pieces I made during my sewcation.
...as always, more later!