I used McCalls 6319, a basic dress with a bit of asymmetry that I have made before here. That version, whilst a gorgeous colour was not good quality fabric, it became flimsy, pilled like crazy and has had to go. I made view A again (and again without the shoulder zipper) except I had to change the skirt portion from a bias pleated piece to a straight rectangle to accommodate my border print.
I did try to get clever here and originally cut the front skirt wider, added in some pleats and stitched it all up. After a day of wearing it I realised it just wasn't going to work, unpicked it (no fun!) and removed all the excess fabric. The proportion of my extra pleats was just wrong and the weight of them pulled the hem down on one side. Also the skirt was a bit long so I shortened it from the top to keep the border intact. All that would be much more interesting if I had some befores and afters to show you, but I don't, sorry! Anyway here's the after, I'm glad to have this in my summer wardrobe, hopefully this one has a longer lifespan than its predecessor!
I wore it out to a casual dinner last Friday and found a couple of black and white backdrops on the way.
Next up, another black and white dress that I have just finished and then I am diving into my pile of activewear fabrics.
super cute, for a simple knit dress!ReplyDelete
This dress style is certainly the best to wear and still look amazing. You look amazing and chic. Love this look and your locations too.ReplyDelete
Lovely dress, great print. http://goo.gl/lYYvxOReplyDelete
Lovely dress using the border print. I just realized I have this pattern and may have to give it a try!ReplyDelete
I love this dress in this fabric, the solid shows the pleat details but you can't beat a border print!ReplyDelete
The simple pattern showcases your gorgeous dress . The side waist pleats would have been lost in the print and elastic waist anyway but what an annoying pain to unpick all that work.ReplyDelete
The border print works so beautifully in this style and the asymmetric pleats are great too. It looks lovely on you!ReplyDelete
You chose the perfect print for this dress! It's lovely!!!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh this is gorgeous on you!!!!!! I love that fabric and the fit is perfection!ReplyDelete
so pretty and that pattern is a great basic (which I overlooked). I keep searching for some high quality border knits but so far nothging has caught my eye. also are those panda purses in the shop window behind you? cute.ReplyDelete
Fabulous! I love your use of the border print..ReplyDelete
I love it! The print is fabulous!ReplyDelete
Your border print fabric is so pretty and the dress looks stunning on you.ReplyDelete
This looks great!ReplyDelete
It looks fantastic. That is one pattern that I would probably overlook but it looks great made up.ReplyDelete
Fantastic dress, it looks so smart!ReplyDelete
Very nice dress. I like everything you sew. Greetings from Greece.ReplyDelete
Fabulous use of that border print. What a great dress!ReplyDelete
Love your dress the border print is perfect for that dress.ReplyDelete
Very cute dress. I love the border and the black/red combo.ReplyDelete
The fabric is the hero of this dress. I love border prints and they are so hard to find in Australia.ReplyDelete
Great dress! It may have been simple but it looks fabulous!ReplyDelete