This is a perfect work dress and I love the empire waist silhouette on me. Since this is a second make of a variation of my TNT dress pattern, there aren't any construction changes.
However, I did layer the mesh and pinstripe fabric for the dress' empire top and took a few pictures of the construction process:
Dart traced on the bodice front
Mesh piece pinned to the pinstripe top
Mesh and pinstripe fabric backs pinned together
Front bodice and skirt sewn together
Inserting the invisible zipper
marking the zipper to match the sides
...and even with the marking, I was an 1/8" off in the end
Basted the sides together to insure that
they would match when machine stitched
I love the play of the mesh printed top versus the pinstripe skirt and how it really works in my "Creative Corporate" dressing theme.
A few more pictures of the dress ~
I do have two more yards of the pinstripe fabric left and I want to make the shorter jacket from this out-of-print pattern - Butterick 5535 - purchased in August 2010.
I will probably sew it sooner rather than later...just have to make a few decisions about whether to line it or not, add embellishments and what type of buttons to use. I'd really like the dress and jacket to be coordinates that can be worn together.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow in the US. This year I'm off the Friday after Thanksgiving, working the Friday after Christmas, because my firm is open both days. I will have the grandbabies with me Friday, since my daughter and SIL both have to work. However, I will be in the sewing cave for the rest of the weekend. I can't wait!
...as always more later!