I’m still catching up on blogging my 2015 makes. This dress unfortunately wasn’t quite ready for Christmas but was finished by New Years. I wished I’d gotten round to photographing it over the holidays because it was much warmer back then. I was very reluctant to part with my coat even for just a few outside photographs today.
The bodice took a lot of work and multiple toiles to get the fit right, perhaps I could have done more but over-fitted can be restrictive. It’s hard to know when to stop sometimes. My fitting changes included narrowing and angling the shoulders, a small bust adjustment, raising and rotating the bust darts and raising the neckline (less about exposure, more to do with creating a more flattering line) and that was just the front bodice.
The construction is fairly standard and includes a lined bodice but I wanted to go further and line the skirt too. Life is too short to suffer skirt riding up tights. As always, I turned a relatively simple dress into something more complex but I must have been absorbed by this make because I even catch-stitched the hem by hand (I’ll do anything to avoid hand sewing).
The fabric? Gorgeous indigo chambray from Dragonfly Fabrics – a lovely birthday present from my husband. The lining was a stash relic that I’ve always loved the colour of and waited patiently for the right item to be lined in it.