I can't really say for sure what I was thinking when I chose this pattern. I picked it up in a 99 cent sale at Hancock's and I had just received an order of fabric in the mail, and I guess I just got sucked in…
The line drawing is much more exciting than the pattern photo. I don't know what possessed me to make view A, but that's what I did.
I cut a 16 and added 1.5" of length to the bodice. I did not make a muslin, but just eyeballed the pattern pieces in front of the mirror. Now that it's done, I wish I had added about an inch more. It's wearable, but I find myself tugging it down every now and then.
This is me holding up the skirt drape. The interesting thing about this pattern is that the bodice is completely self lined and the drape is also double thickness- so the wrong side of the fabric does't show. That means a lot of bulk at the waist seam, but my fabric is thin and it doesn't seem to cause any problems. More on fabric in a minute…
I pretty much followed the pattern instructions. I eliminated the elastic at the waist, although I may go back and add it. It might help keep the bodice from riding up a little bit.
I also topstitched the entire neckline a scant 3/8" from the edge forming a casing through which I threaded 1/4" elastic. It works just like adding clear elastic to a neckline and helps prevent gaping. You can see some slight gathering at the center back neckline in the photo above, but it doesn't bother me and it's usually covered by my hair anyway.
I think I added a little bit of length to the skirt, too, but I can't find the pattern right now to double check.
The neckline is ever so slightly too deep to wear to work, so a safety pin is a necessity. (I don't have it pinned in these photos.)
My fabric is an ITY "Mosaic" print from Fabric.com. I loved this fabric the moment I saw it and I think that's part of why I chose to dive into this project so quickly- I wanted to use this gorgeous print. The fabric itself isn't that great. It's thin and slippery, although it worked well for the double thickness of the lined bodice and the drape. A good, stiff wind will blow the skirt around, though, so I do have to be careful.
I'm not completely in love with this dress and I can't really say exactly why. Maybe it's because the bodice length isn't quite right and because I can feel it, I think others can tell as well. Although that's irrational- no one notices and in fact, I've gotten a few compliments on this dress. Maybe it's because it's sleeveless and I feel self conscious about my upper arms. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense either because I have worn an aqua colored cardigan over over it to ward off the chill in my office.
I can't help but wonder if I would have been happier with view C or D. Straight skirts seem to be more "me." And perhaps a solid fabric would have been better to show off the draping and gathering at the shoulders and waist. Maybe one of these days I'll give this pattern another chance.