What drew me most to this pattern were the box pleats at the waist, a detail I’d long wanted to find in a pattern for a sheath dress. I also liked the waist seam, which made a difference from my usual princess-seamed or vertical-darted sheath dresses.
I was also hoping the square neckline and polka dots would help make the dress stand out from the usual crowd of “little black dresses”. I was a little unsure of the square neckline at first – I don’t think these are the most flattering of décolletés – but I guess it’s good to stray from one’s comfort zone every once in a while.
I kind of bought the necklace for the dress. I mean, I’d long been wanting a long string of pearls (coloured, to step up from/perky up/jazz up the « pearl necklace » cliché), and I’ll definitely be wearing it with other outfits; but I was in the middle of making the dress when I happened upon this one at brocante/handmade fair nestled on a quay in the île Saint-Louis, and the two made perfect sense together in my mind.
My only regret is that I didn’t have a black zipper at hand when I finished the dress, and it being a Sunday, the shops were closed. Hopefully it is not too conspicuous.