I'm hoping to bring you a few location shots this coming year. Carolyn does this so well. I set off after the kids had left for school, and I tell you, I was a sweaty, dripping mess when I returned, relishing my air-conditioned office.
The pattern was Vogue 8494. I made a couture version of this dress several years ago, and always wanted to make a casual version with frills down the v-neck. Only when I pulled the pattern out, that notion seemed out-of-date. I did not want to give up on the pattern, so I opted for a pleated collar type thing instead. The collar is wide and forms a little shoulder covering as well.
Even with the collar, the dress seemed a little plain, so I added an asymmetric pleated flounce on the skirt as well. Both the collar and the flounce were hand pleated in place (being on-the-run additions to the pattern).
See this next shot. Well, I took along some other shoes for the photoshoot. There was no way I could walk the gravel path up the hill in them, so I put them in the backpack with my camera and tripod. My camera only takes one photo on its self timer and I don't have a remote. It took all of the 10 sec timer to get into position when wearing the shoes, and then I had to take them off to get back to the camera. Not to mention holding on to that tree so I did not slip down the slope. So only one photo in these shoes. I'll save them for lunching on a city vacation.
The fabric is a beautiful cotton from the Fabric Store in Brisbane. I don't normally go for black prints, but this one reminded me of the Marc Jacob bird dress, which has a funky vibe about it. The bodice is self lined. I was halfway through cutting the bodice and lining when I thought to match prints. I couldn't exactly match prints, being half-way through, but by swapping a few pieces around and cutting some off grain, I was able to maintain the right amount of print / spacing on the bodice, which was a little tricky with the princess seams.
There is a shop locally that sells thread and regular zippers. Normally, I would use an invisible zip, but you've got to go with what you have. It gave me a chance to try our Kathleen Fasanella's tutorial for a lapped zipper with facing, that I printed out yonks ago. Look how neatly it turned out on the inside. It looks as though I did not under stitch that section, which I may not have. I did under stitch the rest of the neckline, but I left this bit when I was following the tutorial for attaching a facing for a sleeveless garment my machine.
The outside is just as neat.
After following those tutorials, I could not work out how to attach the bottom edge of the lining by machine, so I folded it under and slip-stitched in place.
And lastly, my favourite photo from the shoot, though no extra sewing info is to be gleaned from it.