The final dress in my montage!
Made from this pattern:
Here is my version:
This is what I wore on Saturday - the day of my birthday. Michael and I had plans to drive to Hanging Rock and have a picnic with my Mum, Dad, sister and her boyfriend, but it was pouring on the day. So instead we drove to Hanging Rock and went to the cafe there. My lunch was disgusting. I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich that had avocado and a capsicum, corn and onion salsa in it. Sounds nice right? It would have been if it didn't come with half a bottle of sweet chilli sauce poured over the top. It was gross. We couldn't see the Rock due to the rain, but the drive was kind of fun.
But onto the dress! I made it in a ponte knit from Tessuti. I'm in the process of making the jacket, but have stalled a bit. The dress construction is not too bad. The opposing curves of the yoke are quite tricky, but as this had been flagged by previous reviewers, I hand-basted that entire seam in to ensure it wasn't going to be naughty when I was sewing it. It sits quite well now - here is a picture from the back:
And a close-up of the front:
Like my necklace? Michael gave it to me for my b'day! That and tickets to see Mary Poppins (which we saw last night and it was awesome :-)
The only alteration I made was to add 5cms length to the bodice -- other reviewers had said it was a bit short-waisted. I kind of wish I hadn't. I was wearing it when in at Tessuti the other day and the lovely ladies there thought I should shorten the bodice so it sits on my natural waist, and take in the side seams a little. What are your thoughts?
It is a very comfortable dress, but the yoke is not for the faint-hearted. I really needed to take it slow and steady, but thankfully it went in okay the first time.
My review is posted here if you'd like to stop by.