Added Apr 21, 2012
Cardiff, United ...
I made this dress thinking it would be nice to have a loose and flowing vest style shirt dress that I could wear a top under during the spring…well it didn’t quite work out how I imagined, but I rather like the end result.
Basically I chose the wrong fabric for a flowy dress, and interfaced the bodice in far too firm a facing so that it has to be done right up to the top otherwise it just sticks straight out – an interesting look – not! I don’t usually wear high necked things as I think they make me look too top heavy, so I was already presuming this would be something I’d never wear, but I plodded on and made the buttonholes and sewed the buttons thinking that if I took care with it at least I’d be able to sell it if I didn’t like it. An hour or so later I finished and tried it on and lo and behold, it wasn’t a complete disaster! The skirt was just gathered enough to hang nicely and it’s somehow very slightly longer at the back, which is rather flattering. And all buttoned up didn’t look awful!
I wore it today with mauve/grey tights and a light pink belt, but it looks nice with lots of different accessories and tops underneath. This will definitely be one I wear back to school next week ( :-( )
I used Butterick 6203 Glamour Collection. Alterations to pattern: I had to make a different skirt (namely a half circle slightly gathered skirt) as I didn’t have nearly enough fabric for the skirt pattern they had. I also added the blue waistband as I was running VERY low on the floral fabric so I had to shorten the bodice pieces.
I’m definitely going to make this again in a more flowing material – maybe a chambray, but I’ll wait till it’s a bit warmer (we might be waiting a while in Wales).
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