Added May 13, 2009
Den Haag, Nether...
I bought this fabric last year, thinking of summer dresses. While it sat in my stash, I got more and more afraid that the print would be too cute for my liking. This is the solution I came up with: a narrow skirted shirtdress. As usual, I drafted the pattern myself. It’s got a waist seam (I like my shirtdresses a bit 50’s), darts on bodice and skirt have only been sewn for the first 5 cm from the waist, full length button band and black piping (actually just folded bias tape) along that and the shoulder yoke. I orginally made a different collar, a bit like a scoop neck peter pan collar, but that really was too cute and too frumpy. I tried playing around with it, and finally came up with this shape. I really like the dress but it was a pain to sew, because of collar issue, but more so because my sewing machine was on its last leg. It had a lot of trouble with the stretch in the fabric and with the piping (I tried using real piping first, but every which way I tried to sew it on, the pattern piece got bended all out of shape, so I tried bais tape, which worked better)
flower printed cotton polpin with a bit of stretch, black satin bias tape, buttons
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