October 22, 2012
This version is unlined and made from a fabulous cotton print that screamed at me last weekend when I was sick and finally stir crazy by Saturday. I decided to run out quickly and get some supplies needed for the polka dot dress (you've seen it on Instagram) and this spoke to me.
Originally it told me it wanted to be a different dress and while I was pretreating the fabric, I heard the call of this Simplicity pattern. Saturday night I slept on it and went back and forth between the two pattern, but I think (hope) this one was the right choice.
This is the first time I've put sleeves on this pattern. And honestly - I have share that while I was showering yesterday I was totally wondering how I finished the armholes because I didn't remember doing it. Crazy!
The only changes I made to the pattern was to open the neckline up a little bit. Apparently I'm quite narrow though my upper chest. The first version gaps at bit at the neckline - which I fixed with 2 strategically placed tucks. For the second version, I moved the top of the center front slightly off the fold and it still doesn't lay right. This time, I moved it 1/4" off the fold - just the very top, getting back to the fold within 5" of the top of the pattern piece. Then I also widened the opening using my french curve for a graceful curved opening.
Carolyn - I told JB you said he had to take more than 3 photos and it was his job to get me to relax and not be so self conscious while he was taking the photos, to talk to me and make me laugh and get cute, flattering photos. He said - why is that my job? Because you are behind the camera dear!
This dress was easy to wear and while we were yarn shopping the girl at the counter said "That's a cute dress. Did you make it?" Why does that follow up question always make me freeze?
Happy Monday! I have 4 more dresses waiting to be worn and shown - including the border print (that still isn't hemmed) from retreat!