Tutorial here. Wow, can I just say that this took awhile. I am nothing if not a ridiculously meticulous refashioner. But I really like all the details that I put into this, even the ones that nobody would notice but me. The fact that I aligned the pleats with the princess seams. Or staystitched the waist. Used matching bias binding on the armholes, flipped to the outside for coordinated effect. And the yo yo's are fun, fun, fun, in their slightly asymmetrical way (which is the only way I know how to roll!) Because I'm realizing that the clothing I wear most often is the ones that make me smile when I see them hanging in the closet ... and so if it takes me 3x's as long to make those types of garments ... well, I'd rather have 1/3 as many handmades if it means a precious number of favorites. I'm content to thrift the rest.
I do have a question for you all, though. Check out this saginess in the back:
Granted, part of this may be due to how I was standing in the photo. But! I think there may still be excess at the top. Should I dart it out? Do a slash-and-slide? Do we think it's because I didn't interface the facing? It gapes a bit at the top back, but I've made so few dresses/blouses that I don't really know what to do with that. I tend to have a broad back but I guess I don't have broad shoulders ... suggestions? You all are more experienced with this than I am!
Definitely loving this one. Looking forward to warmer weather to bring it out. So Mr. Sun, I'm lookin' for you!