The Melbourne Cup luncheon was approaching and I had nothing to wear.
While flicking through Zara's 'In Style' magazine I spotted this dress.
And fell in love.
Looking at the design I thought it bore a huge resemblance to the Lisette Traveller Dress and I had just won some vintage Thai silk on Ebay-but horizontal stripes? On my curves?
So,I asked the question in a few forums. Lots of positives from my sewing chums and the designer herself gave me the thumbs up!
I wanted the top to be fitted but still comfortable so I made a muslin.
This is bog easy to do and it gives you something sturdy to fiddle with.
As I have quite a tummy I left out the front waist darts and reshaped the side seams.
I left off the sleeves which caused me some confusion until I went back and read my blog post here to remind me how to sew a lined bodice.
The back piece required the most adjustment and here my darling Jed was worth his weight in gold.
Here you can see how much I had to cut from the back.
The result was a size 14 bodice with a size 8 collar after adjustment. It really wasn't that hard to do but I definitely needed a second pair of hands!
Justine,why do you have to live interstate?
I decided to line the dress rather then rely on petticoats. I would have loved to line completely with silk taffeta but as I only had a scrap I used that for the bodice and fine cotton for the skirt.
As it was a special out fit I hand sewed the collar,front plackets and hems. It took hours!
I decided to hand sew large poppers to the inside of the placket and then I could place them exactly where I needed them!
The black satin buttons are just for decoration!
Finished at 1 am.
Lovely to wear but I am a little self conscious of my waist.
I would love a black linen version!
It was nice to sew something for me!