Pattern: McCalls 6433 view B without sleeves.
Fabric: Lavender bedsheet from goodwill $2.49
Lining also a sheet. White, of course.
My new favorite color today! I love wearing it and I imagine if I had actually used it as a bedsheets I would have loved it that way too.
[note to self: remember you were going to get into essential oils and get some Lavender? Receipt acknowledged.]
(It looks like I'm holding a tissue, but it is just the ribbon. :-)
Pleats! The straight lines in the pleats, darts, and neckline of this dress read sophistication to me. It is a step closer to haute couture than I usually go and it felt like it! I did everything right. I took my time and ironed everything. (who woulda thunk? but it actually helps! :-P )
Without - With
My only mod to this dress? A removable lace insert. I love the feminine look of lace but I also wanted to wear this dress with other colors beneath it and the lace just wasn't working so I made it optional!
It is attached with four sew on snaps in a trapezoidal shape
Without - With
Did anyone else inherit their mother's barbies that had clothes with closures like this? I call them Barbie snaps. So much better than "Sew on snaps" isn't it?
The Back - slightly wrinkled because I wore it to church Sunday morning
This was a rather time-consuming element. I wanted the zipper to lay flat and line up perfectly so I hand-stitched it all. Ugh. Ah well, I saved time for later by stitching the lining inside down at the same time so it looks and feels neat inside.
These are the first darts I have been really happy with. When helping a friend fix her very pointy (ugly) darts I was kinda wary but they turned out great. DON'T backstitch at the end. Leave tails and tie them twice or in a square knot. It makes a big difference.
The Invisible Hem
Also hand done. It looks spectacular. I wouldn't do it any other way on this type of dress but definitely get something to listen to! Multitasking is awesome.
Sewing down the lining on the inside...This is the first dress I haven't fully lined in a while. This means I have to wear a slip but its not so bad really and I'm really happy with the light and airy feel it gives the pleats while I walk.
A very happy seamstress!
With the lace insert and this gorgeous satin ribbon I could totally wear this to a wedding! I love the femininity of the whole thing. However, without the insert, adding a brown tank underneath and a neat brown belt looks great too and I think it would be a perfect office ensemble.