A green dress for Christmas.
The pattern is Vogue 1447. Dresses are always problematic for pear shapes. I made a muslin first. Then, instead of making a second muslin, I made a top. It had the right amount of ease, but it didn't feel right when I wore it. The skirt portion does not have side seams and I think my attempts to go from a Sz 12 in the top to a Sz 18 in the hips wasn't working. In the end, I drafted the bodice and upper skirt from my own sloper. I am undecided about the finished dress. I don't feel beautiful in it, and that's what dresses are for, aren't they? I'm not sure I like the high-low hem. I shortened the hem by about 10 cm. I do like the green.
I used a lapped zipper in the back instead of the invisible zipper directed by the pattern because my cotton lace was fairly substantial.
The fabric is a Milly cotton/nylon lace from EmmaOneSock in a beautiful, vibrant shade of green.. I had a hard time choosing the lining for the dress. I knew I didn't want green, as the effect of the lace would be lost. I also didn't want a nude lining. I knew I would wear this dress in summer, so I decided to use an Egyptian cotton shirting, which is a smooth cotton, instead of traditional lining fabrics. In the end, I settled on a royal blue lining.
I still have quite a large piece of green lace left over...not sure what to do with that!