I finished the dress today.
To be honest, I made life hard for myself by fiddling around with the pattern. I didn’t have enough of the Riley Blake Grey Damask print, so it had to be eked out with some nice french grey homespun. I didn’t think a couple of things through, with the result that the seams don’t quite line up at the side. But probably only I would notice that. I did indulge my passion for detail with topstitching and making the inner facings out of bits of the print fabric.
I looked around for other patterns that wouldn’t need carving up, but to no avail. I am a shortish person and have no waist. So dresses that have a fitted waist aren’t much good to me. And I’m a bit too well-upholstered to look good in a slender shift dress. Something A-line that swings from the shoulders is usually best. I never thought I’d voluntarily wear anything A-line… My eternal perception is that it’s so, well, middle aged!
I had a wonderful dress once, which suited me beautifully, but it’s long gone. It was styled after the beautiful dress worn by the Julia Roberts character in Pretty Woman, the one she wears to the races with a straw hat. It has a waist, but it’s not fitted, the neckline is becoming and the skirt is gently flared and skims the hips.
I’d love that pattern, but it’s no good, no one has anything like it. What’s everywhere right now is the 1950s New Look, with closely fitted princess line bodices and wide gathered skirts and little detailed flaps, bows, collars or pockets. Doesn’t work on my body….
Anyway, this is a nice, simple, comfortable dress. You can dress it up with black accessories or down with flipflops. And best of all, it’s done.