I wanted to make this dress ever since I saw Tomato and Jasmine’s version.
whoa, that sun is bright, I’m starring straight at it…. but anyway here’s the dress…
I like wearing dresses but it’s not always easy to find a winter one. This one fits the bill.
Even though it’s sleeveless, I used a nice heavy ponti (from Addicted to Fabric). It’s full lined (with a new to me, stretch lining!) and that makes it comfy, easy to wear and warm. It may not cut it for a Canberra winter, but for Sydney or Melbourne, it would be fine.
Mmmm, that invisible zip needs a couple of lines of stitching closer to the zip teeth. Photos in the bright sun are useful…I surprised myself, I like the peplum. I think, in this case, it actually does accentuate the waist, not just the hips 🙂
I think there’s something to be said for a pattern by some of America’s top designers. I’m going to be trying more. I’ve got my eye on another Badgley Mischka and also an Issey Miyake. Do you have a favourite?
The princess seams make fitting of this dress fairly easy. Being a ponti the seams, other than the lining, didn’t need finishing. There is a bit of top stitching, which the pattern has as a single line of stitching but I did with the twin needle.
I completely mucked up the kick pleat though. I somehow ended up with an unsightly gap and not an elegant kick pleat. I think it ended as a happy accident though. I cut the dress off above the offending pleat making it much shorter than intended. I didn’t end up making the belt, because wearing a belt would make it shorter again, eeek!
I think, though, that it works and actually balances the design quite nicely. What do you think? Do you ever have happy sewing accidents? Do share.
I’m definitely going to make this pattern again. Next time I’ll really try to get the kick pleat right.