Make up this dress:
Yes, I like it, too! ♥
After all the colorful sewing done lately I suddenly felt the urge to make something black. BLACK. B-L-A-C-K!
The pattern comes from the book "Home couture" by my beloved Machiko Kayaki. Best about this dress: I didn't need to alter a thing. I cut, sewed and it FITS.
My fave on this dress are the ruffles running down the front ...
... and the buttons, which are flea market finds and seemed perfect for the dress.
First I thought of some white porcellain buttons from another flea market visit but then decided for the silvery rose buttons. A bit "less-stylish-more-elegant"... *g*
The fabric was bought on sale, and as it was a bolt end and they had more fabric than I needed, I got almost 50 cm for free (Yay!).
It's a lightweight cotton batiste, and judging from the picture in the book they also used a lightweight (and even lightly shine-through) fabric.
Unlike in the book, my dress is lined partially. The top is left unlined, but I added a lining to the skirt, not wanting someone to see my white & pink polkadotted panties (just in case you wonder: NO, I don't have polkadotted underwear!). As I didn't need much lining fabric I used a piece from a grab bag.
The dress has an invisible zipper sewn to one side, beginning shortly under the bust dart and ending a bit below the hip. Heaven thanks I got the fancy invisible zipper foot, so it was sewn in in no time.
Of course the lining needed to be handsewn to the zipper, but I don't mind handsewing anymore (I wouldn't have said that some years ago!).
Right now I have some other projects queueing... black ones and colorful ones.
Lately I drafted a pattern from Mrs. Stylebook #145 but am not able to cut or sew, as I lack some of the materials needed.
I fear that until everything is handy you'll have to content with some more "no-brain-just-follow-a-pattern" sewing.
Anyways - I like it!
Have a nice week & thanks for stopping by!