In April *last year* my mother-in-law invited us to come see her choir singing at The Priory in Hunter's Hill. Concert day was a hot day for April, but after the performance we went for a lovely walk in the adjoining grounds, stopping in the shade of a grand old tree.
|A small bike is a useful accessory, n'est-ce pas?|
I wore my Vogue 1086 Tracy Reese dress... which wasn't too flattering due to fabric choice and dress shape vs my shape. The fabric I used was from one of the ex-Cue rolls Tessuti get in without any fabric details - so it was only about $5 a metre. It's a non-natural blend of some kind with a hard feel and a crinkly post-wash texture, and the pattern on it reminded me of the pattern on a blouse I'd seen the Selfish Seamstress make with success. I made the slip out of a cream coloured cotton voile, and it's been very useful and lovely but I'm not going to show you how it looks by itself because it's a bit see-through.
Vogue 1086 was pretty straightforward...
... but I didn't think carefully enough before selecting fabric, cutting and sewing, and didn't make a muslin. It turned out that the neckline was too low-cut for me, but this ended up being alright because I had made the accompanying slip higher cut. My fabric crinkled and warped and unravelled in unexpected ways, despite french seams in all directions. Inserting the side zipper in this sort of fabric was really difficult - the seam kept curving out and growing, and I got so annoyed that after a few goes finally I cut it out and sewed front and back together a bit tighter than desired. This only really affected the tightness of the waistband as the bodice is a bit puffy and the skirt has gathers. And the only reason I was able to get away with no zipper is that I have very narrow shoulders; unfortunately this also means the dress tends to fall off my shoulders.
|The slip shows above the v-neck, fabric is loose on bust, dress is sliding off shoulders, etc|