Ah, yes. This was me on a chill Saturday afternoon. Do note that my skirt matches my bedding. The skirt is the one seen here [and actually, now that I look at it, that whole outfit is the exact same as the one I modeled 2 years ago. I'm not sure what this says ... except that my tastes are not so very fickle and that I'm really starting to hone in the on the pieces that I adore, and shifting everything else to the refashion/Goodwill pile?]
... Could it be? ...
A bone fide, out-and-out handmade dress?
Like, she didn't just slap 2 rectangles of fabric onto an existing shirt to make a 'shirt dress' but an actual dress??
Holy crap I was excited when I finished this and it fit. Princess seams! Curved yoke! Top stitching! Petite waist adjustment! Pockets (x2)! Chucking Simplicity's recommended 6" of positive ease and cutting out a size 10 instead of a 14 and then cutting into the 100% linen without making up a muslim ... and it all working out in the end! Score.
Presenting Dress #2: Flowers That Pop.
Simplicity 2798, which I found via Melissa. I am so, so pleased with myself. Oh right, and with this dress. The princess seams are really flattering, you can't really see it but there are pockets at each side panel which are terribly handy yet don't interfere with the lines of the dress. It's really flattering on, as well - skims your body without being overly revealing, and the silhouette is quite smooth. Also, I love all the customization options, and now that I know it fits, I would really love to make up a sleeved version in the future.
For the yoke I used fabric from the Park Slope line, which I absolutely adore and have been sitting on for quite some time. Initially I wanted to make a shirtdress out of it and then realized that might be a little crazy, even for me. Also, the fabric really doesn't drape well, but it works superbly as an accent, so don't be surprised if I am later inspired to make a brown fall shirtdress with this same fabric as accent piece.
I think this generally fits pretty well. After I pinched out an inch at the waist because I'm petite and have a short waist, I cut the hem 1" longer than the mini dress length and folded it under about 3/4" and used hem tape to create the hem, and it came out pretty much the length I wanted. I found the neck slightly constricting so I winged a new hemline [as, ahem, the very last step, which meant that if I royally screwed it up I'd be very, very mad at myself, but we were Living Dangerously at this point]. I also used bias tape to finish all the seams and could give a crap how wonky the zipper is in the back.
After I finished this, I read somewhere that some people find Simplicity's shoulders to be overly wide. I thought I had wide-ish shoulders after years of swim lessons, badminton, dance, yoga, and then dragon boating, but even I find them a bit on the wide side as well. Thinking about cutting a size 8 shoulder and then grading down to a 10 for the bust and hips next time around. Also, and this is related, but do you see how there is a very bit of excess fabric in the upper chest area?
I've seen some people pinch out a petite adjustment there, too. Think I should do that in the future, except not sure how to handle that with the princess seams. What if I cut the yoke 1/4" lower? Do you think that would do it?
OK, but overall those are tiny gripes. I am sooooooooo excited!!! So much so that I've dorkily peeked ahead in Weather.com to see the next time the weather will climb into the 80s and I can justify wearing it again in May ... and it should be soon! Sweet.