Monday, March 03, 2008

80% Linen 20% Rayon
12.00Prewash: Wash cold on the gentle cycle; Dry on the perma press cycle

Notions: Thread, 22" invisible zipper, stay tape, buttons, hooks & eyes, lining, rayon hem tape

Alterations: I had to do my standard FBA. I also extended the waist in the front 1/4" by slashing and spreading. The front wraps around the waist to the back. I extended the back 1".The full skirt was a little too retro for me which is why I substituted a straight skirt from Butterick 6706.

Construction Details: This pattern is rated easy. I think it is easy for an experienced sewer but not so much for a beginner. The instructions are good but of course I added a few things. I used stay tape at the armhole and the neckline. I shortened the stay tape 1" at the armhole and 1/2" at the neckline to ease in the extra fullness. As I stated above, the bodice front wraps around to the back . I substituted the hooks for 3 flat buttons.
The back wraps to the front, crosses and ties in the back. I don't like ties. I shortened the
ties to meet in the back (plus an additional 1 1/4" for lap over), added 2 pleats (just eyeball them), a facing and hook and eyes.
The bodice is self lined. I used a cotton broadcloth left over from my Mom's stash for the skirt.

Conclusion: This pattern goes together fast. I wore this dress to an afternoon wedding last summer, but if you use a dressier brocade it could definitely be worn for evening.

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