It's a Sunday double-bill!
This is my latest creation, and the beginning of my attempt to build my honeymoon wardrobe - did I tell you that we are going to NYC and Hawaii in less than FOUR WEEKS time? I can't wait to get away, not just from my busy and stressful work at the moment but also from the grey weather here - In fact, I had been waiting for a sunny day to photograph this dress, but that day just never came, as yet!
I used Simplicity 2146, yet another Project Runway pattern. I love it! Its simple princess lines are so elegant, and it was such a quick project to make. All in all it took me less than a day, which I am pretty happy about.
A few firsts for me:
- Working with a linen blend - it's a linen and viscose blend (55%/45% I think) that I bought from the remnant bin from Decorative Cloth for about £5 during one of my trips to Leamington! Although I would too often skip the preshrinking step, I decided to wash and press this fabric first as linen is famous for its bad behaviour. It was a dream to work with - no complaints whatsoever! It is prone to creasing during wear, but I think this is somewhat mitigated by the viscose in the fabric.
- Lapped zipper - This is my first lapped zipper! It was easy enough to make, thanks to the Dressmaker's Technique Bible. I can proudly say that I have now done 4 types of zippers - centred dress zipper, invisible, handpicked and lapped :D
- Vent - This was also straight forward, but I am pleased to have ticked another thing off my learning list.
- Petite adjustment on the bodice, and also shortening the skirt by a rather lot (as well as having a very wide hem)
- I finished the neckline and armholes with a thin, contrasting bias tape
- Instead of the hook and eye, I added a button and bias tape button loop at the top of the zipper.
I am happy with the result! I'm planning on wearing this on its own:
... and teamed with this jacket, the colour of which complements the bias tape detail on the dress: