I know, I know, why am I making such a sheer summer dress in the winter? Well, for my high school graduation next June, I'm required to wear a white dress and I thought, well, why not make one that I'd want to use again? So I started with the image in mind of the white dress in the Fashion, Impressionism and Modernity exhibit that my neighbor curated that went through Chicago a few weeks ago. I tweaked it so that the shirring on both the bodice and sleeves were vertical.
Just the facts:
Cotton organdy, mother of pearl buttons, antique lace
Basic bodice pattern, slashed and spread
|Yay! Done with this dress forever!|
Unfortunately, I neglected to slash and spread it horizontally to make up for the fabric taken up by the tucks... Waaaay too small! I had to cut one shirr apart and add another shirred panel to make up for it, and it's still a bit tight around the shoulders. It suffices to say that unless I let it out or lose some serious weight, this won't be work very frequently.
|Story of a Seamstress (sorry, couldn't find the original source!)|
Despite all of that, though, I'm really happy with how it turned out. I think the style is underrepresented as a high fashion look in the hobby. And of course, I'll be making an underbodice in good time... Right now that's just my chemise!
|Sorry for the crap selfie, haha|
It's very warm and cuddly and beautifully made to boot!