This vibrant, vintage, purple print cotton has been in my stash for about a year. It jumped out at me at a travelling fabric sale put on by A Piece of Cloth, and I started planning what I was going to make from it before I'd even paid for it.
Although I often make boned dresses, they are rarely for me, and prior to making this dress, I did not have anything wearable in my wardrobe with boning in it.
|The inside of the bodice before adding boning channels|
The pattern is, of course, self drafted, and features a fitted, boned bodice, wide crossover straps, a straight skirt with back split, and pleats at the top of the skirt: two at each side of the centre, and two in the side seams.
|Close up of waist pleats. I could have easily hidden|
pockets in the pleats, but decided that I
wouldn't use them in this particular dress anyway.
The lining is a cotton that was leftover from a client's dress. She had no use for the leftovers, and left it with me to put to good use. There was just enough to squeeze out the lining for this dress. I used the same pattern for the lining, except for the skirt pieces. For these I cut the pattern pieces without the pleats. I wasn't looking to add extra bulk to my hips.
|Close up of the pattern in the fabric|
I don't actually have anywhere to wear this dress, yet. When I was planning the dress I had an occasion in mind to wear it to, but unfortunately I have a clash of dates and am unable to attend. I do have a few other events in mind, and I can always just wear it for the fun of it when the weather warms up enough! (See the goosebumps in the photo above?)
|Mustard yellow lining!|