Just as a disclaimer I need to let you know that I really thought this dress was more flattering on me. I actually wore it to work and felt pretty good in it. Then I saw the photos...
For my first version I made the straight dress without any elastic or shirring. Paired with a cardigan and belt it is a great fit.
I learned a lot from my previous experience with this pattern and decided to do a couple of things differently:
- follow the instructions (except for one modification)
- use a fabric that I am familiar with
We'll start with my favorite photo of the bunch. Of course the kids weren't cooperating but when do they ever?! I actually like the dress in this photo, btw.
I will admit that I wasn't crazy about this fabric but it was such a great price that I couldn't pass it up. NOW I love the fabric just not the way the dress lays on my body. Sorry for the wrinkles I had been at work for 8 hours before we went to the park. Fair warning, I have quite a bit of the fabric left so you may see it again in the future.
Caroline's method for finishing the neck and arms on this dress is brilliant!! I plan to use it whenever possible in the future. It takes an extra step, therefore a little extra time, but the finish is so wonderful that it's worth it. The one place that I deviated from the pattern on this was that I got it in my head that a drawstring would be really cute. I was wrong! The original pattern has the option of elastic enclosed in casing or shirring (both of which are on the backside only). I will definitely make this dress again using that method. Third time is the charm right?! In the pictures I have the drawstring as tight as it will go and still managed to get no shape. I can't take in the side seams without having to take out the drawstring. And let's be realistic--I'm WAY too lazy for that!! So for now I will wear it like this (maybe with a cardigan, I love me a cardigan :P) and try again next time.
One more shot of the kids :)