I am absolutely in love with this pattern and fabric...I feel like Marilyn meets the flower garden! Just what's needed at the end of summer and a hot, muggy month.
It's been sleeping in my stash for a year. I got the cotton calico at Holly Lobby last summer (they still carry it), and I ordered the pattern at the same time, specifically for the fabric. Now finally, what a fun dress.
The pattern is designed with a full lining - but I'm not about to line a summer calico with all this volume!
Instead, I drafted facings for the yoke, front neckband, and armholes, and assembled them into a one-piece facing.
Then I treated the facing as though it were the lining. Worked out great.
Usually I sew a size 14, but I cut a size 10 in this pattern because it is so roomy. I made only two concessions to the smaller size:
- Added 1" at the yoke center back.
- Lowered the armhole by 1/2".
Even the hemline (the short version) worked for me. I did add 3/8" to the length so that I could turn a 1" hem, rather than 5/8". Picky picky :-)
Check out this darling 'obi-ish' belt! I've made a couple more for other dresses, including one in a cotton knit.
Tech note: I faced one side of the belt with mid-weight interfacing, and the other side with craft 808 interfacing, both fusible. It doesn't double up on itself at all.
And here's how it looks without the belt. Just in case someone wants a super comfy tent dress, it's cute too.
Bye for now! Coco