So in summery I would say the pattern is awesome. The fabric is pretty/evil. The sewing process was like repeatedly sticking seam rippers in your eyes, but the finished dress is pretty cool. That's perfectly clear, right. Snort, snort.
Ava Dress from Victory Patterns. I bought the PDF version because back in the day she didn't have paper patterns. As I mentioned in my PDF post, the formatting this company uses is excellent and I had no problem putting together the rather large pattern.
The main purple print was from Sawyer Brooke's backroom area and was labeled dress weight cotton. I'm 80% sure this is not actually cotton since it behaves exactly like a rayon. However all other fabric I've ordered from Sawyer Brook has been properly labeled and I haven't done a burn test. Could be the original supplier mislabeled it or it's some cotton that has been highly processed.
I also want to say that Sawyer Brooke's customer service is excellent. My original 3 yards was lost in the mail and they furnished me with another 3 yards with any questions. Then months later the original 3 yards somehow got out of the UPS's black hole and mysteriously appeared on my door step.
Contrast is some white crepe de chine from Gorgeous Fabrics that I bought to make a button down shirt. Now that I see how transparent it is I might have to rethink that plan.
All of these were done eons ago so I'm just reading my pattern.
1. Added 5/8" to the shoulder seams of the contrast to make the neck scoop deeper. The neckline binding then had to be increased the same amount.
2. Increased the length of the bodice 1 1/2". I'm guessing this was drafted for a smaller cup size and my "assets" suck up a bunch of the length.
3. Moved the dart position over to the right slightly to better line up with my apex point.
1. I had the same problem with the bias areas of this skirt as I did with the Tania culottes. The mostly bias side skirt panels stretched out several extra inches and I had to trim them down to match the straight grain panels.
2. When doing bias bindings in silk I've found that the width of the binding changes after I've sewn the first seam. Going back and trimming the binding down to a consistent size made my neckline a lot neater looking than my arm hole bindings.
4. The skirt is very full so make sure you pick a fabric with plenty of drape and a lighter weight.
Husband -"Hey that's cool with the two fabrics." Me - "But the bias binding is all crappy." Husband - "What are you talking about? it looks fine."
My Final Thoughts
My bias bindings are kind of sucky but the rest of the dress is well constructed and comfy to wear. If I was making this in a less slippery fabric or got better bias binding skills I'd make this again. I'd also put this skirt on another bodice in a heartbeat. Look at it, it's so big and swishy!
I hope you've enjoyed the summer dress parade. It certainly was super fun to sew as many dresses as possible during the summer months, while having all of you along for the ride. Summer of Dresses Forever!!!!