Added Jan 26, 2013
Having seen quite a few lovely versions of this pattern already, I was inspired to give it a go. It comes together very easily and the fit is pretty much perfect without any changes. I think, as others have mentioned, the bust sizing has a lot to do with how easy it is to get the fit right. I did however have trouble understanding the instructions for putting the zip and lining in all together and still have no idea how to do this properly. I have never made a fully lined dress before but I sort of winged it in the end and got there. I have come across techniques that involve finishing the whole dress and lining whilst leaving the side seams to the very end. I might try this next time.
There is actually still about 4cm of room at the waist but it makes it more comfy and I’m not so worried about popping stitches every time I pick up my kids.
The fabric is a stiff, fairly thick traditional Balinese Batik. A friend goes surfing in Bali a lot and brought it back for me. The lining is black cotton voile.
I heeded the advice of others regarding the large amount of fabric required to be gathered at the waist, and went straight to pleats. There was no way I could have gathered that amount and thickness of fabric anyway.
I tried using a normal zip (rather than an invisible one) and had some success but it is still visible in parts.
I had to finish this dress (put in the zip, sew in the lining, finish the hems and attach the straps) by hand as we moved states over Christmas and New Years and my machine went (and still is) in storage.
I miss my machine.
But I’m very happy with my new dress.
Brown and black traditional Batik cotton. It feels a little like a starched quilting cotton. Lining is black cotton voile.
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