You may recognize this dress pattern as one Rachel and I collaborated on around Thanksgiving. When we originally pulled this pattern we loved the vintage feel and I really do like the look of this little dress. While trying to make this dress the first time, we had many setbacks. The inset looked wonky, the sleeves did not fit the armholes and don’t get me started about the facings/lining.
Because I refused to be deterred and because I thought the stripes and dots challenge in PR&P would perfect for this project, I decided to try again, with some of my own variations.
The front of this dress and the inset was what really drew us to it I the first place, so I knew that needed to remain. I just needed a better way to actually sew it. Now I am more of a visual person, and I really achieve my best result through trial and error. So after a couple of pinning/bastings the inset is beautiful and to my liking. I also left the zipper closure in the back, mostly because it is the easiest for dressing Miss M. And she certainly has ideas on what she should wear!
I knew the whole sleeve/lining needed to be changed up, so that is what I concentrated on. Originally I wanted to line the entire dress and maybe even make it reversible, but in the end I just did self linings through the armhole. This gives the bodice a nice soft feel and avoids any seams exposed in the bodice.
The sleeve is completely lined and allows it to be worn down, with the stripe showing or rolled and buttoned above the elbow. I needed a new sleeve pattern because the piece that came with the pattern did not fit. After several tries I got the sleeve the size I wanted it. I allowed a little extra at the underarm seam to allow for turning and there is just a slight gather at the shoulder. I was after a fitted sleeve, but settled for one with just a small amount of fullness at the shoulder.
We’ll be posting a full tutorial Friday on creating your own rolled up sleeves. In the meantime are you sewing along for this week of Project Run and Play? What are you sewing up?