|Awesome print matching on front seam not clear but it's in the middle of the green lozenge!|
So I really should have taken pics of this dress in a desert or at least somewhere more urban than a bluebell wood, but needs must! I called it the Route 66 dress as the print reminsd me of rear view mirrors in old American cars, like in Thelma and Louise.
This is my second version of the By Hand London Flora dress, with the first version (with the tank bodice) blogged here.
I have seen a lot of people complaining about the bodice coming up very big on this but I didn't find it too bad - maybe I am bigger than I think I am! I lengthened the bodice by 2.5", lowered the bust darts by 1" and did my ususal 1/2" FBA. I wasn't sure whether it was going to gape or not based on the muslin, but it did so I tacked the crossover point down flat. The skirt is lengthened by 2" as per my previous post. I could take the side seams in a bit but it's comfortable for a big dinner!
The fabric is an african wax print which I bought from Middlesex Textiles. I have been loving wax prints for a while now and seeing Chinelo on the Sewing Bee every week with gorgeous prints definitely inspired this dress! I usually find it difficult to find them in colours that I would wear, as they are often very warm tones. But Middlesex Textiles has quite a few in blues, pinks and purples. All the wax prints come in 6m lengths (a helpful twitter person told me that this is the length needed to create the traditional african dresses and headgear these fabrics are often used for), so the prices are pretty reasonable. I think this one was £16 for 6m, so under £3 a metre. I've seen different weights (base fabrics?) for wax prints. This is like a traditional cotton but I have seen ones that are smoother, more like a lawn. You do need to beware of width though - the fabrics are narrow, like quilting cotton.
|What centre back seam?|
The bodice is lined in black cotton lawn.
I really like this dress - it's pretty much as I envisaged it in my head. It will work in the summer with bare legs and sandals or pumps and for cooler weather with tights (c'mon summer, bored now! There was a massive thunderstorm happening overhead while these were being taken). I am going to make a lace version for an evening event coming up and wondered if anyone could help me get rid of those wrinkles at the front crossover piece? Would I just shave a little bit off the top of the front wrap pieces below the centre front? Or is the bodice just a little bit too roomy? Or are those wrinkles just part of the style of a wrap?
Any advice appreciated as usual!