Of course, dresses are also a bit intimidating to make. As I mentioned to Rita in one of our many crafting exchanges, there's just so many fit issues with dresses that you don't have with skirts! So I started off real easy. Cheating, really.
Yes, it is a dress! It's one of those 'hey look, I'm a dress disguised as a skirt/shirt combo!' kinds of dresses, which I have also been crushing on for awhile now. The 'skirt' is made out of some DS Katie Jump Rope fabric that I've been dying to make into a dress for ages. I also tried my hand at a custom fabric-covered belt for the first time with some really gorgeous persimmon linen I had in my stash. If I could go back to Joann's and buy another 4 yards of this stuff [on 60% sale, ahem], I would. It's a really deep, vibrant, luscious color. However, I am probably going to have to redo that buckle. A bit of shoddiness there.
And all those fit issues re: dresses? Well ... ahem ...
Here it is from the side. Mom, please don't say anything about my posture, I cringe enough as it is whenever I see this photo.
Also, this is really subtle, but one thing about vintage dress patterns like the ones I loosely modeled this one off of, is that the pleated/gathered skirts often look best with some sort of crinoline beneath them. I didn't want a total costume effect, so this is what I came up with:
I think this is slightly pushing it in terms of using all fabrics from the same line, but the ruffle does peek out when I sit down, so maybe it's a good thing I got a bit obsessive there. Erg. Anyways. I made my ruffle ~1.5 times as wide as the bottom hem so as not to get too much poof, then attached it directly to the lining. Hence the need to reinforce the waist seem with ribbon.
The skirt moves really nicely around me when I walk, and I think the 1.5x ratio is about perfect for a 'modern' take on a 50's look. I finished off the bottom of the ruffle with a ribbon hem, technique found here, and really like the way that looks. I'm going to have to incorporate that into more of my garments in the future.
So yeay! I'm hoping the weather swings up just once more for me to wear it again this fall. Or maybe I'll layer it with boots and tights and keep this one going for a couple more weeks. But I do love it immensely, much more than any shirtdress I could have bought in stores.
Handmade, it is so satisfying sometimes.