Added Jul 21, 2012
If only I had stayed in Los Angeles! I could have entered this in the summer sewing challenge! Boo-hoo!
Oh well, it was a great excuse to finally sew myself a boat-neck sleeved dress; something I’ve wanted to do for a while now after seeing similar styles all around Paris this summer.
And it was a great distraction for me that kept me away from Les Soldes-for now at least!
This pattern is very simple to sew, expect I decided to add a lining, which complicated things for me when I bungled the sewing order. I should have sewn two separate complete dresses-the shell and the lining-then sewed them together. Since I semi-followed the directions, which were written for a dress without a lining (duh!), I am now stuck with perfectly machine finished hems and sleeves, but an ugly exposed side seam which will now have to be Hong Kong finished (later, I promise). Should have thought ahead!
Thanks Widya for the photos :)
But fear not, my second version will be done the right way.
Some cotton I found near Montmartre, and I grabbed it as soon as I saw the print. A bit sheer, hence the lining, hence the fiasco side seams. Ahem.
Being such a simple style, you could hypothetically make this dress in any fabric-I plan to make one in silk and maybe even lace. Though lining lace would be tricky.
Sip cocktails by the fire in faux fur, patterned silks, and more luxurious fabrics.
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