I finished this dress in the half hour before we left, just in time for the evening. As I was planning and cutting out the dress, I thought of it as a casual summer dress, but thanks to the beautiful fabric, and to the length I chose (to put the eyelet border at its advantage), it turned out dressy enough for a night at the opera.
Seb took his camera, which was a great opportunity to take pictures for the blog. I agree with Trena – taking pictures (especially with a tripod and a timer) can be tedious and time-consuming… besides, nothing beats pictures in situation! That is why, although this dress is my latest finish, it shall be the first reviewed. 🙂
The fabric is a cotton with an eyelet border that I got from a clearance table at the Marché Saint Pierre, the same day we chose the fabric for the Black Amethyst coat. It was 2 euro a metre, and I took one and a half.
Likes and dislikes:
I have no dislikes regarding this pattern other than it starts at a size 10. I needed to grade it down two sizes to get my fit.
Oh, and I will do a few things differently from the instructions next time, for a neater finish on the inside:
– The inside would be finished more neatly if the straps were inserted between the bodice and lining, instead of slipstiched on the outside of the lining.
– There would be no apparent waist seam allowance on the inside if the lining was slipstitched (or topstitched) to it. I’ll do these changes next time, as I didn’t have enough time to unpick and redo the seams for this dress. It makes no difference on the outside – I just like the inside to look as neat as possible.
Falstaff was wonderful. The performance was a particular success – you know, this special, magical osmosis between orchestra, singers and audience? It was all there. We had some of the best seats, too, thanks to our friend. I’ll remember this evening all my life.
After the performance, Nannetta seemed the obvious name for this dress 🙂
Wishing you all a lovely, sunny weekend 🙂