Added Feb 28, 2014
The Georgia Dress is a super sexy knockout dress with fitted cups and a paneled skirt that hugs the waist and skims the hips. Variations include a choice of slinky shoulder straps or a wider, nautical style faux collar. Keep it demure with a knee length skirt, or show off those pins with the mini!
This is a fabulous dress with great bone structure!
As you may have noticed, I added sleeves to my version. I knew that a sleeveless wool dress was not going to get very much wear, so sleeves were my logical choice.
I also added 1" to the torso length, and another inch to the bottom edge to make this knee length with a 2" hem. The given hem is a scant 1" according to the directions, which is too narrow for me when working with a straight skirt like this.
Because I prefer full linings, I cut an entire dress out of bemberg rayon. I would normally stitch a skirt lining to the skirt before attaching the bodice pieces, but since I added sleeves to the design, a complete lining made finishing the upper edge quick and easy and gave me one less thing to keep track of.
To avoid bra strap issues, I added a pair of bra cups between the dress and lining layers as well as a grosgrain stay. I think I would have added the bra cups to the original design as well – a bra (strapless or otherwise) would be hard to find to fit under the minimal front bodice pieces.
I am positive that I will be making another one of these up in the near future. And I would highly recommend this as a great basic.
And as always, more pictures and info may be found on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.
Wool, courtesy of Britex