I started this dressmaking project in 2013, ages ago, one of my first ventures into toile making and up-sizing the pattern from a 32″ to 36″ bust. I have worked with 34″ patterns, and am comfortable with adding or removing a centimeter here and there, but this was a newer shape to work with, the lovely high cowl neck, with the pattern piece cut on the bias.
Other than working out the up sizing, a very straightforward dress. It sat in the ‘to sew’ pile for way too long….and this is a project pile busting year for me.
More often than not I work with thrifted or de-stashed fabrics, rather than buying the prescribed length, which usually requires a bit of creative laying up! I had just enough for the slim skirted version.
Check out these fancy pleats, simple and easy to create,
The fabric is a polyester with white spots, it was really slippery to work with and one of the shoulders is slightly off grain, but manages to work ok.
I think this turned into a really a gorgeous dress, and very wearable. I actually made the other fuller skirted version too, just need to hem it.
Sorry about the crazy 80s bad hair! I am channeling a less refined Sean Young from Bladerunner….honest, just until I can get a good cut.