I also like the look of the drawings for the other views so thought I would test it in a remnant of embroidered cotton I had in my stash. I was a little short on fabric so I had to skip the puffy sleeves and just used the sleeve lining piece. I also added a band of plain black cotton around the hem (the pattern is the right length, I just didn't have enough fabric). If I had planned this ahead I probably would have done the neckband in black also but this was whizzed up just before my easter holidays and I was in no mood to do any unpicking.
Since I had made this before I only tried it on in the final stages and found that it was too big on the waist which made it look really frumpy and sad - the cotton has a lot more "give" than the dupioni I used in my first version. If I didn't want to unpick the neckline you can bet there was no way I was unpicking the zipper and waistband so I just added a couple of tucks in the front of the waistband.
Then in an attempt to make it look intentional I sewed some black sequins in the middle of the waistband and inbetween some of the embroidery lines on the neckline - basically until I ran out of sequins. Of course it would have been much quicker to do the unpicking I was avoiding than to handsew all those sequins, but I quite enjoyed doing it.
What a lovely dress and it is so flattering on you.ReplyDelete
Very pretty dress, it looks wonderful on you.ReplyDelete
Wow, you have been sewing up a storm! This has turned out really nicely. Nice work with the sequins. And not hot in Honkers? I find that hard to believe...lol.ReplyDelete
That's a terrific dress. I like the solid band at the bottom.ReplyDelete
Looks great! Lovely dress.ReplyDelete
Necessity IS the mother of invention and you used necessity so well in this dress! I have been on the fence about this pattern and all of the ruffles at the neckline (even though I've seen some nice versions, your original included) but I REALLY like this version! Great summer dress, indeed!ReplyDelete
I really like the look of the other versions of this dress, too. I'm so happy to see it made up! Congrats on working out the fit issues, ugh.ReplyDelete
What a great dress! This is pattern is awesome. You got a cocktail dress the first time and a day dress this time!ReplyDelete
I love the sequin detailing!ReplyDelete
This dress looks great! And great on you. All your detours made the dress even better.ReplyDelete
So cute! I think this is a great pattern for a casual dress, as it is so comfortable.ReplyDelete
Beautiful dress! After seeing your two versions as well as others, I really need to get this pattern. And your mini wardrobe from your prior post is fantastic! Great job!ReplyDelete
Oh, very nice! I haven't seen too many of the without ruffles version, but I like it and how you've embellished it.ReplyDelete
Your mini-wardrobe is great - I love how the skirt turned out. My daughter marked that skirt one summer in Burda to be made.
Wonderful dress. I love the way you worked round your fabric shortage problems!ReplyDelete
The dress looks wonderful on you! The detailing is divine!ReplyDelete
Great fix! I think the sequins give it some class and interest.ReplyDelete
Adding sequins is *the* best idea I've ever heard of to avoiding unpicking. Fabulous. But does this mean it's not machine-washable anymore?ReplyDelete
I love all of the changes you made to work with the fabric issues. It's a really lovely dress.ReplyDelete
That is very pretty!!! This dress is so on my list to make.ReplyDelete