this dress is a mashup of the Elisalex bodice and the Lilou skirt. Gotta say - this skirt is a fabric hog! I had to add a seam to the center front and back of the skirt to make it work thanks to the stretch in my fabric. The fabric, is a stretch sateen that had been in the collection (thanks Carolyn!) for many years, most likely purchased at JoAnn Fabrics, and I want to say I had 4 yards and used all of it!
As I've made this bodice many times - it's an easy sew for me. As the fabric was quite thick - I didn't line it. I sewed it up with my sewing machine and pinked all the seams. It's not couture folks - but it's a nice dress. I finished the neckline and armholes with bias binding and the hem with wide lace.
I made sure that all of the dresses in this collection have pockets. which I am sticking my hands in and hitching the hem up here.
The beauty of having a bunch of black and white print dresses is that I can wear any color cardigan/jewelry/shoes with this dress - but for some reason I tend to pair this one with pink. I have to wear a cardigan at work as we have a no-sleeveless policy.
This dress is cool, comfortable and easy to wear. It swishes around and feels very feminine. I'm glad I combined these two elements - although I'm not sure I'd do it again - just because the skirt is such a fabric hog!