There has been a recent movement on social media towards sewing more party frocks and garments that get us excited about sewing (#sewfrosting on Instagram), and this dress certainly fits the bill!
I made view B with a gathered skirt in a size 8, and made a couple of adjustments. I found that the bust apex landed in the wrong place for me, so I moved the waist dart in to 3” (7.5 cm) from the folded edge, I lengthened the bodice by 2” (5 cm), modified the back shoulder curve to match the front pattern piece, and moved the pockets up a whopping 3.5” (9 cm) (I have long arms, but even I struggled to comfortably put my hands in them)! I also gathered a lot more fabric into the skirt, for extra swishiness.
The fabric I used is a gorgeous swan print Lady McElroy cotton lawn from Doughtys, with a deep teal background colour. The fabric is so nice to work with; easy to cut, press and sew, and lovely to wear.
I fully lined the dress with liquid satin which was an absolute pain to work with (that stuff frayed just looking at it!), but it’s soooo soft.
I used the longer length of skirt and really like where it hits after making a 1.25” (3 cm) hem. I cut the lining fabric 1” shorter than the outer fabric.
… and so I have a new party dress, and I did a twirl, just to make sure it will be good for dancing. I also think this dress would also look lovely with a polo neck sweater and tights for a daytime look as the weather cools down, because why not wear your party dresses during the day?
See you next time!