This was a very interesting journey. I got three wonderful new work dresses and I've crossed another inspiration/idea off my spring/summer sewing list...so a few final thoughts...
Lining vs. Underlining ~
I underlined two of the three dresses because I've reached that stage in my life where my internal thermometer doesn't work like it use to. I've noticed that in the summer heat that the rayon bemberg linings stick to me unpleasantly...and I mean STICK to me! I've also had issues with the linings catching and bunching up around my hips from all the crap I lug in my too big handbags while racing to and from subway, the bus station and home. I also noticed that the dresses I underlined wore better especially when I used a cotton batiste underlining. So my choices are totally based upon ease of wear and not some sewing rule or pattern instruction.
I'm sure that once upon a time my dress pattern came with facing pieces for the neckline and armholes. I've long since ditched them. If I don't insert a full lining into the dress, I always use bias binding to finish off the neckline and the armholes...and even when I do insert a full lining, I still add bias binding to the armholes. I like this application because I like hand stitching the binding into the dress especially when I've underlined the garment. Especially since I can hide those stitches in the underlining fabric. This finishing technique has become part of my signature just like the lace that I add to the linings of most my dress and skirt hems.
This is a really simple silhouette to knock off and it will work with most body types. It can go from casual to dressy based upon your fabric choices...a really great option if you're looking for the one dress to add to your wardrobe. So I used my TNT pattern to get these dresses and since that pattern is no longer available to help you knock-off my knock-off, I've found the following pattern:
Butterick 5706 is the perfect sheath dress if you want to make your own Peyton dress. It comes with a scoop and v-neckline...it's sleeveless, or with short sleeves and three-quarter length sleeves. It's also sized 8-24 and would work for many of the design changes that I make to my TNT pattern.
Wearability Factor ~
Each Peyton was made from a different type of fabric so of course each one wore differently. To me, the cotton pique and linen versions wore the best. The silk developed quite a few wrinkles and held them more than the linen did. However, all three were comfortable to wear without any wardrobe malfunctions.
In conclusion, I'm so glad that I took this journey. The dresses are so me and this has been a really gratifying sew. I would also like to thank everyone who left a comment, asked a question, or just stopped and admired the pieces. The compliments of fellow sewists who understand the passion that drives me to create, is appreciated so much! Lastly, pictures of all the dresses are in my Flickr album.
...as always, more later!