|The age old story of a girl and her fence|
|Where the hell are those cookies?|
Speaking of Betty, I'm pretty sure she would kill for this dress. OK fine, she's made some snotty comment about being a size 6, but secretly she'd want it. And who wouldn't, it's full of girly awesomeness.
ridiculous dress list post. The circle skirt needs the entire 60" of fabric to get the full sweep and it eats up yardage like crazy. Luckily for everyone I have lots of wide flora prints in the stash.......lots.
But let's get into an actual pattern review. Remember those?
By Hand London's Flora Dress I sewed a size 10 with the faux wrap bodice and the skirt with the straight hemline.
Ascher Studio dress weight cotton. I really like the vintagy large scale prints Ascher Studio makes and have several of their fabrics in my stash. This one I bought at my semi-local store, Steve's Sewing.
1. Usual 1/2" forward shoulder adjustment.
2. For my low set bust I dropped side seam dart 1 1/2" and shortened waist dart by 1".
3. Took in the side seams under the arm only about 1/4". The pattern flares out in that area so it was very simple to cut off the excess making the side seam straight.
Note - I always have to fix gaping in wrap bodices and was prepared to make that alteration to this pattern. Imagine my surprised when trying on the Flora muslin and finding no gaping what so ever. I did cover this alteration in a previous post, so if you need it then click here to see it done in the Gertie wrap dress pattern.
1. The waist darts might be a little too far over towards the side seams. This wasn't that noticeable in the faux wrap bodice, so I did not change their location.
2. On the faux wrap bodice the zipper is not supposed to be encased in the lining. The overlap of the two pieces keeps you from turning the SA under in the waist area. Because of this you're supposed to finish the CB layers together and sew the zipper on top of the lining. Well that exposed zipper irked me, so I did some unauthorized sewing to get around it. The lining and self layers were sewn together up to 1 1/2" of the CB where I stopped and back stitched. Then I folded the lining back and continued attaching the skirt to the bodice with only the self layers. This isn't good sewing practice, so I wouldn't recommend it. But I got to encase my zipper tape and be happy.
3. Those of us with low set bust fullness will find that there is plenty of coverage in the wrap bodice. At least that's my theory for why the pattern mock up shows so much cleavage and mine has none. I actually prefer the non revealing neckline because keeping my boobs inside wrap bodices is usually a problem. Much like water, they always seek the lowest point.
"You're all dolled up in a summer dress. It's pretty but aren't you cold? Well I guess you'll be ready for summer."
Bonus son comment - "You think you like ballet? Spin, SPIN!" *Giggles as I spin and skirt twirls out* "AGAIN!!!!!" I had to run away because he made me spin until I almost fell down and had some "regurgitation issues."
My Final Thoughts
This is the first By Hand London pattern that I was crazy about from the start. The others were more of a slow burn/be swayed by other people's FO's deal. I think a full skirt without any gathering is really what sold me. Full Skirt + Wrap bodice = Girly prettiness which summer Heather enjoys. I'd make another in a heartbeat. Now if I can only wrangle an invitation to a real garden party. The fence is my plus 1.
*Crazy made up story. Except the part where frog concocting a intricate plan to get more cookies. He would totally do that.