I think this dress pattern was the perfect match for an ombre striped fabric that I purchased from The Fabric Store in Melbourne last year. The pattern is from Patrones No 329, style 19. It was difficult to see in the magazine, as it was made in a solid white and worn with a jacket over the top. The tucks and drapes in the dress cause the stripes to fall at angles, rather than straight across.
From memory, the fabric is a cotton - silk blend. It is so soft that I am thinking of making the leftovers into a pillow case.
I made a few changes to the pattern;
- I moved the location of the tucks on the front of the dress. On the model, and following the pattern, the tucks were at crotch level, which I thought looked a bit odd. I pulled out the original basted tucks and then stood in front of the mirror with a handful of pins to determine the positions for the tucks. I left the shoulder drapes and tucks as per the pattern.
- the pattern had tucks in the back, but I altered the length and position of these as well.
- I eliminated the back keyhole opening.
- The dress was meant to be made with a wide hem and finish above the knee. I decided to use the extra hem length and go for a longer dress. I think the model wears her dress with a much closer fit than mine.
- I left a slit opening at one side to facilitate walking in the longer length.
- On the sleeves, I turned a narrow hem rather than use a facing finish.
It looks sack-like in these photos, but I did receive compliments when wearing it, so I'm thinking elegant sack-like. The weather was most steamy here yesterday (pouring today) and I felt cooler and more comfortable in this than everybody else looked. I'm not usually into arty clothes, and I thought I might feel a bit self conscious in this, but I think it was okay...probably the limit of my artiness. There are a lot of crinkles in one place...perhaps I need to add some more tucks there?