My sincerest apologies. As anonymous ever so astutely pointed out, this has been the longest 2 weeks ever. :-) Life moves on. I am still terribly busy, but I will endeavor to catch you all up on my latest sewing projects. First off... My polka dot 50s dress!
I used Simplicity 3673 view C
Fabric: Blue Leno Shirting from Fabric.com for $1.95/yd
Underlined in a white sheet.
I have been planning to make this dress for quite some time now, almost 4 years i think. A couple of months ago I got this light blue and white polka shirting on sale and could immediately see it as a fun 1950s dress. It was pretty sheer though, so It became obvious that it would need lining. I delayed for a while because I wasn't sure how a separate skirt lining would look with the 12 darts. I decided to risk using it as underlining and treat both fabrics as one.
I spent a lot of time making the darts perfect and hand-basting every one of them to make sure it would lay right.
I also served and hand slip-stitched the hem. It was SO worth it. :-) This is one of my FAVORITE dresses now. I will definitely be making this pattern again. I can't wait to make a 50s petticoat and see it poofed out!