linen floral dress
Added Jul 26, 2012
sweetheart princess seam bodice, pattern matched at center front and somewhat matched at center back; pattern placed to emphasize sweetheart shape
self drafted a-line skirt
straps made from double fold bias strips and edgestitched because I’m lazy and don’t have a turner; sewn between shell and lining, then super secured to lining with a zigzag stitch for durability.
bodice was fitted by using the cotton lining for the muslin (I thought that was rather genius), all hand basted together during fitting as I was at school and away from a machine. cut a size “39” from the pattern but took out a full inch of ease to fit better and match the skirt waist measurement.
closes with left side invisible zip that was put in with a regular zipper foot, but is perfectly hidden.
hem was hand-stitched to the lining.
all seam allowances were serged for durability.
I made this to attend a wedding, and while there are some slight wrinkles on the bodice sides that I think could have been fixed with some light boning, I wasn’t really willing to put in the extra work to do that. Overall I’m very happy with the fit.
self 100% linen
fully lined 100% cotton batiste