Added Sep 26, 2012
San Francisco Ba...
In addition to the cotton batik version, I also made this dress in wool crepe, which gives it a more formal feel. For this version, I omitted the pockets (the pattern piece is an integrated side panel + pocket, so I just cut off the pocket segment). Some notes:
1. Because this is a solid fabric, the darts/seamlines are more visible than with an allover print, so it is important to check the fit/location of the darts as well as sew them accurately. I made sure to mark seamlines and match crossing seamlines carefully before sewing.
2. I found it helpful to understitch the necklines and sleeve hems for a clean finish.
3. I think making a muslin would be helpful for this dress, as it is fitted and there are a few key areas to check. The skirt is pegged, so check the walking ease at the hem (may be too narrow for some people). The neckline is wide and the back has a deep V shape, so check the fit of the shoulders to make sure they won’t slip. The hip curve may be too curvy for some body shapes, so it is worth checking the fit here as well.
Wool crepe (main dress)
Silk organza (underlining)
Bemberg rayon (lining)
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