Added Jan 5, 2013
When I came across the Sonja Dress by Salme Patterns in early 2012, I had in mind to make it to attend a friend’s wedding. I knew I would need to alter the pattern, due to my relatively short torso and because I’m just short. I shortened the bodice pieces a tiny bit and took in the side and back seams by quite a bit. And here is the result – a wearable muslin.
The pattern was easy to follow and construction fairly simple. I applied the all-in-one facing the Burdastyle method rather than the one suggested in the pattern instructions because I think it gives a neater finish.
I bought this lightweight blue and white polka-dotted voile because I thought it would be a fun challenge to match the dots. It was fiddly to match the polka dots at the centre back invisible zipper seam – it took me 4 attempts, but I think it was worth it.
You can see from the photos that there are still a few fit issues:
1. The bust darts are too low
2. There is excess fabric in the back bodice
… so things to work on before I sew the real thing.
I have already worn this dress heaps this summer because it’s so breathable and comfortable. The silhouette is also warm-weather friendly, although the skirt can be a little sheer in certain types of light (the problem with voile…) The halter-styled neckline and the large polka dots remind me of dresses from the 90s, so popular with the hipsters of the 2012s. Just know that I’m channelling my inner hipster when I wear this dress, especially when teamed with those outrageous floral sunnies!
Summer chill cotton voile, nautica spot (denim and white) 112cm ($4/metre, Spotlight clearance table); 51cm invisible zipper, iron on interfacing, thread
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