My Ashley is the lucky one this time - this Lucie is for her! A surprise dress for her trip with D. to the San Diego ComicCon later this month. If her Lizzy dressform will give it up! Even unhemmed, it is a lovely look for summer.
Republique du Chiffon came out with this pattern a couple weeks ago, and it captured me from the moment I saw Julie's test version on JolieBobines.
I think the low-slung back, loose bodice, and saucy attitude make a great statement. The little lines on the shoulder are for piping. Such a nice touch.
How pretty is the back of this dress! Ashley actually has this tattoo, it is 'Pura Vida' wrapped around Costa Rican orchids, a memory of when we lived there. Her new dress will showcase it so beautifully.
|Poly/cotton broadcloth lining from JoAnns|
Directions are provided for lining the dress, which is optional. It would be easy to line only the bodice or to use binding on the neckline and armholes instead. I decided to use a full lining, because the main fabric, a polyester broadcloth from Fabric.com, is very lightweight.
The pattern, which is a PDF download, and instructions are in French, but with only two bodice pieces and two rectangles for the skirt, this isn't a complicated construction. The instructions include lots of very large, well-drawn pictures!
I constructed the lining as an underdress, instead of lining the bodice and skirt separately. I much prefer the movement of an underdress for a shift (which really moves much as a coat does).
Topstitching the bodice was my last step. A little tip for topstitching to keep the fabric from shifting or pushing forward under the presser foot - take a minute to baste first...
Well, I'm officially jealous. I want one!
OMG!!! I love it and can't wait to wear it!!! Muchas Gracias!!! XOXOReplyDelete
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Jealous! Comic con and a fab floral frisky dress. Don't make me buy another pattern Coco!!!ReplyDelete
IMO, this one would be absolutely fab on you!! and I just know you have all those great prints in your stash...Delete
That is the best ever!!!!ReplyDelete
Ashley is a very lucky girl and her tattoo is gorgeous! Also, the dress, fabulous and I love the print you used. I do not speak any French, let alone read it, but want this pattern so badly. I am an Advanced Beginner, could I do it? Hmmm, I wonder!? TFSReplyDelete
Oh, and I have to say, my Ex-mother-in-law, now deceased, was from Costa Rica and always told us how beautiful it was there! She grew up on a farm with her brothers and sister. All now deceased, but they all, every one of them, lived a very long and good life.ReplyDelete