Diva Ann inspired me to do this dress. Notice Ann’s version (scroll down a tad on her blog) has black-white-turquoise-orange zizag points going up on the center front panel, whereas mine are going down – does this mean anything? I have no clue. But that’s what I love about sewing; two sewists can use the same fabric, and the same pattern, and do two completely different things with it.
I know I’m really late to the party with this pattern – there are 25+ reviews on Pattern Review – but now that I’ve made it I really have to say that you should run right out and buy it; it’s a classic. The drafting is excellent and the style is universally flattering; my only quible (which I repeated on PR – Big 4, R U listening?) is that I wish pattern companies would mark the waist on every pattern piece – it’s SO annoying – changing the waist length is the most basic of all pattern alterations (especially for a petite like me) and I hated having to plot the waist on a style like this that has four bodice pattern pieces.
The fabric is a polyester knit from Gorgeous Fabrics, it’s light as a feather and skims the body perfectly. This is the black-white-brown-green-yellow colorway and I love it because it reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream (my favorite!) I’ll be taking this dress with me when we go on our vacation later this sumer – it doesn’t wrinkle, and the rolls up into a shape so small it fits in my hand.
The lines of this style provide a fun opportunity to play with the intersecting pattern pieces on a directional printed fabric such as this, but because of the way the pattern is designed, I knew I’d never get the pieces perfectly matched matched all the way around the dress.
So I had to make a decision to use the fabric design to either showcase the back or the front. I chose the back, and as for the front – all I did there was decide how I wanted the zigzag of the fabric to fall down the center panel from the waist down. I didn’t worry about the upper front bodice. As you can also see, the gathered side drape will cause the upper bodice to be off-grain, so the design emphasis was all in the back and the lower part of the front panel.
Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy and cold, but hopefully I can wear this to work sometime this week!