So, I've seen so many cute versions of this dress, mainly View C, the one the model is wearing.
However, being different, wanted to make E, or what I call my all-occasion dress.
So, I decided on view E. And, I am totally in love! I must make View C or B because of that adorable collar and side tucks!
I chose a stretch designer suiting I picked up from one of Fabric Mart's amazing sales. I know that gray can be rather boring, but I knew that with a classic dress that you can wear just about anywhere (yes, funerals, weddings, job interviews, etc.,) it couldn't be red and I didn't necessarily want black. My other go-to color is gray and so now I own another gray article of clothing. Maybe I need to branch out a bit? Maybe winter has been too long in the tundra?
Fitting this dress required help from DD2. I cut the dress out using flat-pattern measurements and allowing for some ease. In some areas, I cut my usual 14, some in between a 14 and 16 and some a 12. Don't you love multi-sized patterns for that reason?
After cutting it out, I pinned it on me and DD2 and I went though some repins until we got a much better fit. In all honesty, if you used a ponte with some stretch and used your regular size or went down a size, it would probably fit great--that is unless you have some fitting challenges like I do.
The biggest issue with this dress was the swayback adjustment. I still don't think it is perfect or even close by any means but I do need to move and be able to sit down without feeling like a sausage stuffed into a too small casing.
Not only did I make a bit more than usual swayback adjustment to the pattern tissue, but I also ended up pulling up the upper back to try and reduce the amount of puddling in the small of the back. I know I need a much less flat booty, and I am working on that but the amount I pulled on the fabric was sort of astounding to me--more than an inch, not including the swayback adjustment! Beware!
I decided to line this dress and picked up the funky printed stretch poly blend at JoAnns. I certainly hope this holds up! And, more importantly, why didn't I order something to line the dress with when I ordered the fabric?
I do think I have some additional fitting issues to work out--bust and darts, but all in all, I have a very wearable dress. It is comfortable and can be worn with different jewelry and accessories. I do really love the sleeves.
And, would you look at that zipper?
Thanks for reading and yes, I will be making this again!