I made another dress – this time I made one in my size! I don’t wear dresses in my normal everyday life, but this is so cute I may change my mind! Unfortunately I still have ongoing computer issues with my own set-up, so this is another post without the proper start. I have, however, found a copy on Etsy for you, so you can see the sketch & drawn details. Simplicity 4282 is for a sundress with optional huge pockets and a short sleeve bolero. I had intended to make the bolero too, I even found the most perfect matching colour in a gorgeous linen. But – being unused to inches and yards, I miscalculated and bought too little. Never mind, it wasn’t to be, so maybe that means there is another “perfect” piece of fabric out there still, just waiting for me to come along & turn it into the bolero for this dress.
The skirt is made of 4 front panels & 4 back panels, with a side zip on the left. This particular fabric fails the sun-test spectacularly, so it’s lined with cotton lawn. I love the curved neckline on the bodice, it could so easily have been a boring straight line, but that curve makes it so much more feminine. The whole bodice is topstitched & to carry that through, I elected to use a welt seam finish on the skirt panels. I quite like the way it’s turned out, especially with the extra layer of the cotton lining underneath.
Now this is one dress I might just make again for myself to keep. But I’d need to make some fitting adjustments first! I was chuffed that the 42Bust fitted me at all, so a small adjustment for next time seems perfectly acceptable. This version though, will be going into my online shop.
I do wish my photographer had noticed I always had my hands on my hips for these pictures. It makes it hard to find something new to sho.! One thing you will notice – I haven’t handstitched the hem!! I know, it’s a sacrilege! I figured that with all that topstitching going on, a machined hem would fit right in. I mean, it’s not like their machines couldn’t do it…
Do you do any “modern” finish on your vintage makes?