I thought I'd start off with a bang and show a lovely photo! Here's the pattern photo, in case you missed the in progress post:
I made very few changes to the bodice pattern, a small FBA and measuring it against another vintage sundress bodice that fits me well to adjust width. I was worried about how widely-set the straps were. And sure enough...they were too wide. Falling off my shoulders too wide! I compensated for that by making two little tucks in the front square neck:
Now it just looks like a design feature. It does create a bit of a horizontal wrinkle from my underarm, but I can live with that. I wish I had saved scraps of my fabric to make a tiny bias tube bow. Do you think a solid bow would look bad?
The straps sit much better with the little tucks though. With the right bra, no straps showing! I also changed the skirt to a full gathered skirt. With my super high hips jutting out immediately after my waist, those a-line skirts are a real bear for me to get to hang right. I love the gathered skirt though!
The fabric is a pink & orange & coral tropical print lawn from Fashion Fabrics Club. The entire dress is fully lined in pink Imperial batiste. I sort of winged the lining & attaching the strap part, since the dress pattern calls for facings. I ended up making two bodices and leaving openings to insert the straps later. Then I followed the pattern directions from that point forward for attaching the straps.
The batiste underskirt (lining) makes the skirt just poufy enough.
The cardigan is from Old Navy and is the perfect coral color. It's just a tad too long (as are most ON cardi's!)
There's a center-back zip and a hook & eye:
I did have a pink invisible zipper, I'm just leery of putting them in. Even though a sewing angel sent me the correct foot! I think it's a mental block.
It has a super deep hem, nearly 5 inches!
Perfect summer dress. :)
Except for the fact that, you know, after I went to all the trouble to ensure I was laying all of the pattern pieces in one direction to cut out... The entire dress' print is UPSIDE DOWN!
I just had to laugh because I've been staring at and/or stitching on this dress for two weeks and never once noticed. I'm glad. I probably wouldn't have finished it and I love it! I'm going to wear it, upside down or not!