Remember me talking about this gorgeous fabric?
I worked out I could just squeeze this pattern onto my panels if I made the sleeves a bit shorter, and went for knee length.
But I was struck down with a case of fear-of-cutting-into-special-fabric
So I made a test version in a navy tropical wool first.
I like my test version.
The style lines (which you totally cannot see in this dark navy) are fabulous: slanted bust darts that meet up with one of the double skirt darts.
I underlined through the bodice and lined normally in the skirt. I used Sunsilky lining- it’s polyester, but treated in some way to be breathable.It’s lovely to wear.
You’d think the almost bat-wing sleeves would make it limiting, but they fold down beautifully under jackets. I didn’t use interfacing in their facings, and that, coupled with the lovely drape of the wool is probably half the reason for their good behavior under jackets.
I think I love this dress!
The sleeve design does, however, have lingerie exposing tendencies. See my black camisole?
You could sew the side/sleeve up a bit more, but that might limit movement, and make jacket wearing more challenging.
I’m happy with the fit (size 14 out to 16 for the hips and a small sway back adjustment, i.e. standard for me). The only change I’ll make with the next one is to lower the neck a little.
so, have I started on the landscape fabric?
Well, actually, no.
Not yet. It’s looking at me, silently condemning me.
Summer has flown and, with it, thoughts of light silky dresses. So the landscape fabric will just have to hibernate in the stash until spring.
You may recall that I also have a coat project in the queue. Autumn would be the ideal time to sew it, wouldn’t it?