|OOP, but available through some vendors on Etsy and EBay|
It's ancient, but it fits all the categories - a front, a back and easy as can be. Ha! I started with a SBA. Great - two less darts to sew. I made up the dress and decided that I had to "try it out" for a while before I decided what else needed "fixing". I was constantly tugging at it. Felt like I had to stand ramrod straight at all times or something just wasn't sitting right. Not a dream dress at all. Oh, well - too bad. Then I fell in love with this fabric - amazing orchids.
It's a fairly heavy cotton sateen. It just had to be a sheath dress, because there was nothing else it could be. Back to the drawing board. I pulled out the original dress, ripped seams, pinned, tugged, repinned. Finally got it right. Time to tackle the orchids. Original pattern has a seam running down the back to make room for a zipper. No way was I having a seam ruining my orchid on the back!
So- side zipper and buttons on one shoulder took care of how to get in and out of the dress. No side slits for me - I turned it into a big pleat.
Ah - the zipper - after much thought and deliberation - I decided on a regular zipper - lapped application with hand-picked stitching.
Yes, an invisible zip would have been so much easier, but ... that would have left the zipper pull dangling under my arm. Not pretty, I decided. With this application, the zipper pull tucks neatly into its slot, and - an almost invisible zip.
Buttons are flat. Do you know how it hurts when you have buttons with shanks on your shoulder and you then hang a bag on that shoulder? Trust me - serious pain. One really has to think these things through, otherwise comfort is definitely compromised. The original dress is still in pieces - really must do something about that.
The orchids were to be my Easter dress. The weather thought otherwise, so this turned out to be a Pentecost dress.
|Should have perched the camera higher up - live and learn!|
Verdict - I'm beginning to think that I'm just not the right shape for this style. Yes, it now fits. No I did not tug at it. But overall, it's just not ... I don't know what. May-be if I wore a belt... May-be if I stood like a statue and didn't move ... Perhaps a fabric that's less stiff... Let's just say, that I'm in no rush to make another one of these.