This dress was a joy to make ~ truly! It was a challenging sew but not a frustrating one. You know the challenging ones where things just don't go as planned vs. the ones that are challenging because the construction is so involved. Challenging but fulfilling...
I definitely plan to make a fall/winter version of this using pleather inserts and a wool crepe. I mean all of that pattern work shouldn't just sit in the pattern envelope/folder!!!
Some stats ~
A mediumweight linen from Ebad Fabrics from the collection
22" beige invisible zipper
nude bemberg rayon lining
seafoam green rayon seam binding
yards and yards of white piping
All of the pattern alterations and construction information is in the previous posts. The highlight of this dress is the piping. It was a lot of work and time consuming but so worth it in the end. This was the perfect dress to sew over a three day weekend because I had time to enjoy the journey.
Some more pics ~
Originally I was going to add a cardigan to the dress. I'd picked an amazing paisley cotton knit from the collection to use for the cardigan. I've put the knit back on the shelves. This dress deserves to be worn on it's own. You need to see all of the piping work that I put into the dress.
I have to tell you that this dress is a closer fit than I normally wear. I'm not sucking in my stomach that much ~ hahahahaha! I'm counting on the linen fibers to relax and give me a little more space. Also, the curved seams which the piping highlights, give definition and shaping to the dress. IF Vogue graded past a 24, I would probably be a 26/28...yeah I ain't a skinny chick at all! However, this silhouette works for any size woman...so if you need a pretty new summer dress...I highly recommend this pattern to my plus size sisters.
One last picture of the dress' piping details...
...as always more later!