Added Apr 25, 2014
When I saw Barbara dress made by our fellow member alekat, I immediately fell in love! Fitted bodice with sheer bishop sleeves and flared skirt – what’s there not to love?! Plus, I already had the perfect fabric in my stash – I couldn’t resist making myself one. Thanks for inspiration Catherine!
Since I couldn’t find the right pattern I made my own. I just took some basic bodice pattern and redrafted it, and the skirt is 3/4 circle. I’m happy with the way it turned out.
Dress is made with chiffon, which is my absolute favorite fabric in the whole world! So feminine and delicate, I simply adore it. Sometimes It can be a little tricky to work with (plus you have to french seam everything), but the end result is worth all the trouble. Bodice is lined with satin and in the middle of the sewing I realized that I’m not gonna have enough of it for the skirt as well, so I lined the skirt with some polyester lining. That turned out to be unexpectedly good decision, because now dress makes the most amazing rustling sound! So darn cute :)
We have a very moody spring weather here. The day before these pictures were taken I was caught in the rain totally unprepared and I came home with my fancy shoes all wet :( The next day I decided to not take my chances and to wear rain boots. As It turned out, my friend Tea was thinking the same :) The funny thing is – the clouds passed by, the rain was nowhere to be seen and the two of us ended up walking around on the sunny afternoon wearing our rubber boots.. Oh well.
Chiffon from my stash was find from a few years ago, I found it in a remnant box and it was already cut in pieces. I had to work some magic in order to successfully place all of the pattern pieces I needed, those sleeves are true fabric eaters!!! Dress is lined with satin and poly lining, and there’s an invisible zipper on the back.
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