Pattern Review Vogue 1086
100% Cotton Lawn (sold out)
The fabric sews and presses beautifully. I did not prewash the fabric. I never do because my intention is to always dry clean the completed garments after wearing them. I know some people swear by prewashing for shrinking (especially cottons), but I've never had a problem with shrinking.
I used french seams in the entire garment and didn't line the dress. I thought about it, but didn't like the effect of the skirt. So, I will wear (don't laugh) a SLIP (imagine that!) with it.
The neckline was a challenge because my bust measurement and cup size is smaller than the pattern so I had to be sure that the fit was good. It's still a little roomy at the top.
I also inserted the zipper on the right side of the dress to accommodate my recent shoulder surgery which won't allow me to raise my left elbow to zip up the dress. Lesson here: I always analyze my designs and patterns before layout and cutting to make sure that I have covered my needs for fit. And then after doing that, sometimes the garments still don't fit the way we like them to!!!
Jacket Coldwater Creek
Necklace from a Galleria costume jewelry store
Thanks Beverly for sharing your sewing journey with us!!