I have been meaning to make this dress for months but never got around to it. I actually made a muslin at the end of last summer but something else took over and I put it on the back burner. I thought I would really, really, really love it when it was completed but for some reason I'm a little underwhelmed. There is something about the waistband that I don't like. I'm thinking about trying it again without the waistband but I don't know how that would impact the design of the dress. My plan with this pattern was to make an initial version in a summery fabric and then choose a silk fabric for a second version for a wedding. I'm not sure if I like it well enough to do that. Decision, decisions.
I used a Joel Dewberry rayon challis from www.fabric.com. I think that rayon challis is my favorite summer fabric. I forgot to take a picture of the lining but it is an extremely cheap voile in the most obnoxious shade of yellow. I don't remember what project it was intended for but I used it for this one because I didn't want to waste time or money on a lining fabric. If I had it to do over again I wouldn't have used it. If I'm taking the time to make something to wear I think it's a good idea to use quality fabric. You can't see it so I guess that's good!
I know a lot of people prefer A-line or fitted skirts but I love a full skirt. The skirt is so full that you can't even see the pockets. I actually had to fish around for them so I could put my hands in them.
I don't know if the wrinkles in this picture are from the dress lying wrong or if it's due to poor fit. From the front it seems to fit. I chose to omit the stitch-in-the-ditch at the waistline, mainly because it's time consuming and I hate it but also because I think the rayon stretched a little and was a smidge bigger than the voile. When I matched up the waistband seams it resulted in a lot of wrinkling with the main fabric.
I think I'll wear this to a bridal shower next weekend and see how it goes. I cut it in a straight 4 with no adjustments. In the future I think I would maybe use a smaller sideseam allowance to have a bit more breathing room. It's not uncomfortable as it is now but it would be better with a little more space.
Version 2 coming soon.....maybe.