The dress is lined, piped, buttonholed, buttoned and done!
As you can see, the dress is sleeveless. When I was finishing it up, it just seemed the way to go and I'm happy with that choice...especially since it will make it easier to wear under cardigans.
100% couture linen from Fabric Mart
(these are still on their site)
20" invisible zipper
2 yards rayon bemberg lining
2 yards black satin piping
1 yard black lace
rayon seam binding
All of the pattern alterations are contained in this post. However, I did use the skirt instructions to help construct the front of the dress. After the front was made, I just sewed the dress up as I normally would. As I stated in my last post, seam matching was very important to me and it does work all the way around the dress.
And since I did not add the short sleeves to the dress, I piped the armholes instead.
The detail that really makes the dress for me is the pockets with the buttons & buttonholes. I will definitely add this detail to another version of the Rachel Skirt for fall.
...and I'm loving the the lining with the touch of lace at the hemline!
Thankfully this is one of those flights of fancy that worked. I can't wait to wear this to work...preferably on one of those hot & humid days that's forecast for this week...that way some of those linen wrinkles will fall out as I'm walking from the subway to work...cause this dress is gonna wrinkle like crazy. But isn't that the reason we linen lovers like working with it anyway!?!
One last shot:
...and as always, more later!