I’m starting off my Fall Palette Challenge with a bang this week.
But back to my dress, which I adore:
You’ll notice that I made a few changes. Most obviously, I was inspired by the dress seen in my moodboard, worn by a minor character on Mad Men, and decided to make the skirt narrow rather than full. I thought it would also suit my body a little better, and use up less of this rather, er, expensive fabric I ended up splurging on.
Because of the large print, I also cut the skirt on the fold, so there would be no center seam breaking up those bold flowers. Of course, I then needed to add darts to the skirt, both in front and back. And since the skirt has a fairly narrow hem, I added a short kickpleat to the back for mobility. So, the skirt is not at all the same, but I do love the original one too! I’m sure I’ll do one later. I really love these pockets.
As for fitting, I did a full bust adjustment and ended up adding both bust and waist darts to accommodate my ample bosom. I also have a high waist, so I shortened the bodice quite a bit. An inch a a half, I think! FBAs and bodice shortening are my usual adjustments, so no surprises there!
Finally, I decided to use an invisible zipper instead of a centered zip. I switched around some construction steps and attached the lining to the zipper, so I wouldn’t have raw edges at the back.
The floral fabric is an incredible, high quality cotton sateen from Italy, which I purchased at Britex on a recent trip to San Francisco, just for this pattern. I fell in love with this fabric instantly. It is incredibly soft and silky, and I thought the colors were perfect for a late summer transitioning into Fall.
Instead of a self lining, I decided to use a contrast color that would just peek out at the knot in front, and the bow in back. It’s an awesome bronze-colored lightly textured cotton. I also underlined the bodice in cotton batiste for more structure.
I LOVE this dress! I will definitely make more, probably aiming for a more casual look. But this little number is going to be perfect to wear for our 4 year wedding anniversary next week at a lovely Peruvian restaurant. Thanks again to Tasia for swapping patterns with me!
Don’t be shy about posting your own progress in the forum! I just started a brand new thread for everyone to post their projects as they go! I’ll be back next Friday with my next project (whether it’s completed or not).
Some related posts you may be interested in:
- Fall Palette Challenge: In case you missed what this whole palette challenge business is about, you can start here.
- Sarai’s moodboard: Here’s the moodboard and palette I created for my own challenge. You can see the inspiration for this dress as well.
- Your moodboards: Take a look at what a few of the other particpants have shared so far!