It's fun, it's girly...
And the back makes me swoon.
Silk/Cotton Voile from Gertie's etsy shop lined with light weight Siri lining also from Gertie. Turns out silk/cotton voile is as soft as kittens! Seriously I wanted to just rub it all over my face as soon as I got my hands on it. Due to it's semi-sheerness it needed an underlining, so I got some of the siri lining in both white and black. A few samples showed that the white color made the pink and yellow roses pop more so the black got put away for another day.
1. Shortened the bodice by 3/8".
2. Increased intake of back bodice dart to 2 1/4".
3. Added 1/4" extra width to the back armhole.
4. These sleeves had the same problem as New Look 6097 where they seemed to have too much excess fabric under the arm. I made a similar last minute fix by taking a 1/2" wedge out of the sleeve seam. You can see from this side view that they still puff out in the back a tad.
1. The voile did shift some when I cut it on a self healing mat. Lucky I could true it up on the underlining and it didn't cause me any sewing problems. However I would cut silk/cotton voile in a tissue paper sandwich next time.
2. After sewing on the facing on the bodice the edges on V notch flopped forward. This might have happened because the voile does not have much body or because you need to clip the seam allowances at the base of the V notch. Anyway it seemed that interfacing on the facing piece was not enough to hold the edges upright. To fix the problem I cut two rectangles out of some medium weight interfacing, then fused them to inside of the bodice right where the top of the V was folding forward. This gave the voile some extra support helping the V notice to stand up crisply. As an added bonus all of this is hidden by the bodice facing.
3. Underlining this whole dress was a pain in the ass, but it did let me secure the facings and hems invisibly. Because I could the whole front facing was tacked to the underlining. No facings flipping out this time!
"I like your skirt, it's fluffy." (Frankly this surprised me. I guess Mr. B is still a man of mystery.)
My Final Thoughts
I've enjoyed wearing this dress so much that I'm considering making another with the view B bodice. It's easy, breezy, beautiful....um Project Runway Girl? Yes that's it.
P.S. They'd totally kick me off the runway with this last pose.