May I present another UFO from 2012! UFO not so much because it gave me grief (although the silk blend was wriggly) but merely because I lost interest right when the hemming was needed. Sheesh.
I don't really know if I like this dress. Sure, I love the shape - it's lovely and 'skimmy' across my body (oh silk, delicious, delicious silk), I like the combo of purple and sage, and I'm pretty happy with the back straps. The problem? The neckline: love the curve, but my facing curls over. Unpicking and re-sewing has done nothing to fix it. And of course, now that I look at my photos the neckline doesn't seem so bad, but looking down at it bugs me. Always the way, huh?
The pattern was Lutterloh # 51, with a few alterations. I can't decide if I like Lutterloh or not - the lack of instructions is both liberating and frustrating, and the patterns cannot always be trusted. In saying that, there are some delicious vintage versions on Ebay.
My fabric, being a silk blend (what with Arthur Toye didn't say though), was slippery and stretchy. Thus, the pleats at the bust did NOT work out, and thus became gathers. I ignored the back section of the bodice, choosing to chop it (badly, as Mama Gypsy proclaimed) and made the ribbon straps instead. They took an age, and I had to be very restrained to avoid Bridesmaid-dress territory, but I am pleased with the result. I just can't wear a regular bra.
All in all - I am glad this dress is no longer hanging in my sewing room waiting completion. In saying that, I haven't a clue how often I'll wear it.
Fabric: Silk blend, $15 a metre on sale
Notions: aubergine thread, sage ribbon, leftover flowers from my teapin cushion. No zip! I can just wriggle on in!
Wear again? We'll see
Make again? Maybe? I get a feeling this would work well for work?
What I learned: That facings are the devil's best friend, and maybe I am too tough on myself, or too lazy when it comes to finishing what I start; you be the judge.