From StyleArc's site: This simple unlined panelled dress is a gorgeous fit. The design lines skim over the body creating a flattering line that continues down into a slight “A” line hem. The extended shoulder line covers the shoulders giving a cap sleeve effect. Make this beautiful dress in an afternoon, teamed with the Sienna jacket this would make a great outfit.
First of all, please note the wind! Such a blustery day!
Those design lines! Aren't they just so cool? This dress fits just as described...the design skims over the top half of the body and then creates and a-line hemline, that is very, very slightly flared, at least when compared to the top half.
The fit on this dress is really awesome, although it doesn't quite match the line drawing. To me, the line drawing appears much more fitted in the waist and hips, but this isn't. It literally starts flaring from just below the bust, a bit above the waistline, and then just continues with that path.
For my normal alterations, I make a swayback adjustment and sloping shoulder adjustment. I made both of those and I also took this in at the waistline and hipline. I am still considering taking it in more at the hips and waist, but DH really likes the dress as is, so I might end up leaving it.
The manner in which the facing is attached is one of the best things about this pattern. You construct the dress but leave the shoulder seams unsewn, but the rest of the dress is constructed. After attaching the facings, you turn them to the inside of the garment and then stitch the shoulder seams. It seems complicated at first, but once you think about it, the method is entirely genius!
This was a fun little dress to put together. I will probably make another is a wool for next fall as the fit is lovely and it looks really cute under jackets of all sorts.
Thanks for reading! How about you, do you love the challenge of an invisible zipper?