Added Jun 7, 2010
A while ago I saw a great tunic dress by Harvey Faircloth that had super deep pleats on the back, and totally fell in love with the idea. I’m both short and curvy, so I wanted something similar but better suited to my proportions. And, I have a wedding coming up that I’m headed to, so I wanted something light and summery and pretty — but suitably fancy.
The pattern is my own, which I made from the bodice sloper posted on this site (http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/bodice-sloper-block-32-46). Originally, I’d intended for it to be sleeveless, but the cap sleeves are a bit of a happy accident: I had made insets for the arm holes to finish them off, and had run a zigzag stitch around the edges of the fabric to bind it. As I kept taking the garment on and off during fitting, these would pop out, since I hadn’t tacked them down. I realized that I liked the rough, unfinished fluttery feel of the accidental sleeve caps, and decided to keep them!
All in all, I’m very pleased how this turned out!
*Forgive the poor picture quality! I only have a camera on my phone at the moment, so these aren’t so great.
The fabric is a lovely silk-cotton (pretty sure it’s called Radiance). I ran it through the washing machine on a gentle cycle before I began work, and it’s held up really, really well. Very easy to sew, no lining was necessary.
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