Comfy and Chic? Really.
This is the dress that I never want to take off. It is sooooooo comfortable. I have washed out the colour of these photos so that you can see the front detail.
I love scarves more than jewellery, mostly for the pop of colour that they add.
The pattern: Vogue 8530
I made a few minor alterations to the pattern; shortened the length, cut the back on the fold and omitted the back slit, and made longer, narrower cuffs so that I could get a blousing effect in the sleeves.
I tried a new approach for my fit alterations, cutting a size 6 in the front and a size 12 in the back. This seemed to take care of the narrow chest alteration and the forward shoulder alterations. I fiddled about with the pleats a little, to get them to sit right on me. There was enough ease that I didn't need to add any width in the hips, in spite of measuring a Sz 16.
The fabric: Purdie Blue Charcoal from Tessuti.
This photo shows the colour. The fabric has a beautiful, heavy drape, which I think is essential for this dress style to be flattering. It is also very soft. I only wish my tights were so comfortable...that is the only reason that I have not worn this dress every day this week.