I made my version in the grey / pink border print satin from my last post. The fabric is actually very wide and has the border along both selvedges but I managed to squeeze the pattern pieces on so that the main body of the dress is grey with the border in the skirt (it is true I have a small obsession with border prints!).
I made a few minor changes to the pattern;
- I omitted the back button opening, you really don't need it to get the dress on and off
- I also had to stitch down the neck facing in places (on the lined sleeves and under the pleats so no stitching shows on the outside) to stop it moving. Of course you could also just bind the neck edges or line the dress instead.
- Left off the side seam pockets
- Added a Hong Kong finish to the exposed sleeve seams and neck facing edges (the rest is french seamed)
The ties are very long and wrap round the waist a couple of times, I really like how (completely by luck) my belt is plain grey in the back and patterned in the front.
I'll definitely be making this one again, I think it will work for fall / winter with tights as shown on the pattern envelope or boots.
In cocktail dress news I ordered my fabric on Tuesday and it was delivered by hand on Thursday evening so I can get started on that now. Hopefully this will get me excited about the forthcoming party instead of feeling rather stressed about planning it from 6000 miles away.