A little something different - when have you seen me use a belt! But this dress looks so nice with one. And before I go any further, yes, Burda calls this a tank dress, even though it has dropped shoulders and a v-neck.
Notice, though, that I'm still avoiding photo sessions outside :-)
A few pics on Emile:
A nice, high back that's cut on the fold, so no center back seam.
The shoulders are only slightly dropped - IMO, very pretty.
The neckline has back and front facings, which make it very easy to get a clean finish on the point of the v-neck.
My sewing notes - for once, I did not make a lot of changes!
- My fabric is Poppy Red cotton from Kanvas Studio's Tempo Collection. I'm in love with this print and had the fabric for several months while I looked for a pattern that would showcase it. It's retailed as a quilting cotton, but has the hand and weight of a premium calico. Sews very nicely and does not wrinkle easily. It also held it's very bright color in the pre-wash without running!
- I dropped the bust dart 1.5" and lowered the endpoint of the dart by 7/8". The darts were really perky!
- Sizing: I drafted size 38 from the bust dart up, and size 40 below the dart, curing out to size 42 at the hips and carrying the A-line through to the hemline.
- While I'm happy with the size 38 choice for the upper bodice and back, I did find that the shoulder seams angled down a bit too much for comfort. They made the arm openings just a little tight when I raised my arms or reached forward. Since I used 1/2" seam allowances, I was able to loosen the angle, and I'll adjust my tissue for future versions.
- The hemline - I added 3", which is just about right with the 1 1/4" hem.
- I added 2-piece in-seam pockets, rather than attach the pocket lining to the dress front.
When I went looking for a belt, I was shocked. The only skinny belt left in my wardrobe is a snakeskin pattern. I've gotten slack in my retirement. I can only say that two new leather belts, one black and one tan, are already on their way from Overstock. Wow.
I spent the last two weeks in Ft. Myers and have been home for just a couple days. Ashley and D. had a wonderful time at DragonCon in Atlanta (Ashley was a pirate in the DragonCon parade). Once home, she went in hospital for a scheduled surgery - she's home and doing great. They stay so busy!
My sweet sewing helpers and constant companions, Callisto and Nikita (they are sisters):
It does feel good to be home. I've been cutting fabric and taping together some new patterns I downloaded from BurdaStyle. Just my speed.
Bye for now - Coco