The bodice is self-drafted, yet another attempt in my constant battle to fit a bodice correctly. This isn’t perfect, it is still a little tight along my underarms, particularly along the front. Nothing like light chaffing to get compliments pouring in from strangers. The skirt is actually an altered version of Colette Pattern’s Macaron. And by altered I mean increasing the width of the skirt. Complex stuff chaps.
I completely lined the dress and used the same fabric for the pockets. I really like the placement of the pockets on the Macaron dress; in-seam pockets tend to add width to my hips and lets face it I’ve already got the ‘could bear children’ look down pat I don’t need additional help.
The fabric is (say it with me) cotton printed drill from Spotlight. The lining is a very stable poly crepe from my local discount quilt shop. It was on their clearance table due to some running of the black print along the edge. Now if only they did that with their Liberty prints… Funny story* whilst buying both fabrics (oh at least 12, maybe 18 months ago) both sales assistants asked me what I was planning to do with the fabric. I’ve literally run out of ways to say “my stash”. I said “oh you know I always need horses for my things”. Couldn’t even think of the word projects. The lace is from my Nan’s stash and whilst it might seem unnecessary on a casual summer dress it does make me feel fancy when I inevitably fall over and flash some leg.
And not a single horse was matched.
Pattern: Self-drafted bodice and collar, Colette Patterns Macaron skirt
Fabric and notions: 1.6m cotton drill, 1.6m poly crepe, lace from stash, 16’ invisible zip
*not very funny