I got a whim to go on and sew whatever the Hell I wanted, because it was Christmas and, well, that's what holidays are for, right?
I've had this pattern in the queue for ages and it was near the top, although it wasn't a highest-priority pattern. I had fabulous fabric selected for it, though, and plans to make it a winter dress, so I decided I'd better hustle up and make it.
This shows short, cuffed, sleeves, but the fabric is a bit thick for a summer dress so I'm making it a winter one. I'm going to add sleeves straps to keep the sleeves rolled up.
The fabric is a Moda light blue and white chambray stripe. It's fantastic: Slightly heavy and soft and deliciously yarn-dyed-woven-cottony, if that makes sense. Good yarn-dyed fabrics are shamefully hard to find these days.
I forgot to take a picture of the buttons: They're white with a square made of small parallel lines in the middle. Slightly Art Deco or Streamline, almost. Ideal for this dress.
I did some basic refitting when I traced the pattern: Lengthened the bodice quite a bit, added to the skirt around the hips. I fudged a bishop sleeve based on the original sleeve cap with the bell from another pattern grafted on. I also added interfacing along the front opening and inside the collar. The pattern didn't say to do this but I think it will work better. The waistband was missing so I borrowed one from another pattern and added a bit for the overlap in the front.
The bodice is a bit blousy and I might take it in a bit if I make this again (say, the sundress version) but it's fine for this round since this is meant to be a casual dress.
This is the bodice so far:
I used this method for turning the collar points (I guess, though, it could be used for turning points just about anywhere on a sewing project) and it is absolutely fantastic. These are easily the best-looking points I've ever achieved.
This picture isn't quite up-to-date. I have the waistband attached but not finished and I'm working on the sleeves. I haven't cut the skirt yet but it should give me the least trouble.