As I've said before, I decided to use a pattern from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, the pattern with the delightful name "The Sultry Sheath". Now, I didn't feel that my fabric would work as a sheath dress, and I wasn't sure I'd wear one if I had one, so I decided to make a dirndl-type skirt for it instead.
the first pattern I considered suggested.
The bodice is lined with a powder pink rayon, I bought the fabric online and expected it to look pinker than it does, but I still like it. It's wonderfully soft against the skin too. The skirt is unlined as you can see, and as I didn't want to zigzag the seam allowances on the inside I decided to overcast them by hand. Eventually I'll get a pair of pinking shears, I'm fond of the pinked look, but I want to make sure I get a really good pair. These pinking shears from Merchant & Mills look like a pair my grandmother owns, very promising!
As I didn't have a lot of fabric I decided to go with a fairly narrow hem, it's stitched by hand so as to be invisible from the outside. I hand picked the zipper as well, on Gertie's recommendation, after a careful look at this lovely tutorial by Sewaholic. Unfortunately I forgot to get a close up of that, and now it's too dark to get any good pictures...
What would I do without Gertie? I used her lovely tutorial for how to make a vintage inspired half-slip, and it was so much fun to make! Working with the elastic is pretty tricky as you've got to keep it stretched all the time, but I think I got the hang of it eventually.
I just love this look, now I want to make panties!
Now, I'm a pretty confused person, so obviously something had to go wrong, right? Yeah. I used the measurement I remembered from the skirt, but forgot that it was the length of the skirt before I hemmed it. Darn. I could have unpicked the stitching on the lace and just shortened the slip, but I didn't really feel like it, and I was afraid of breaking the lace. So I decided to make another one! Fortunately I have quite a lot of that pink fabric, and the elastic came in bundles of five metres.
That's better! I used the off white lace I'd originally bought for this project, it doesn't really matter that it isn't the same colour as the elastic.
French seam on the inside. I love how neat French seams are, if I could get away with it I'd use them for everything!
I wanted to get some pictures of me actually wearing the dress, but my boyfriend/official photographer (yeah right) has been away all day, and the place is a mess so mirror pictures didn't really work. I put my camera on a table and snapped a few pictures, this one is a bit odd, but it shows off the dress in a nice way!