|Fuzzy focus but kinda pleased with myself.|
I did it! I finally made my first little black dress. Now I have the ultimate contrast for my pasty white legs. :o)
I used Butterick B6448 again, and this time, I actually followed all of the directions. This means I learned how to line the bodice. While I appreciated learning a new technique, it was really touch and go there for a bit. I had to watch a few videos on YouTube before totally understanding how that was all supposed to work.
The pattern is pretty clear if you make the sleeveless version of this dress. But if you have sleeves, it's not quite clear how to keep them out of the way while pinning and sewing the bodice lining. I mean, if you stare at it long enough, you figure it out. You pull the sleeves back like you're rolling them up and over the shoulder, making it sleeveless. They are then out of the way of the stitching line you're about to make around the armhole, and when everything is turned right side out, the sleeve is still lying nicely on the outside of your dress where it belongs.
But if you're a beginner, I could see this being confusing, as the stitching line changes a bit once you've set in sleeves. A little extra diagram would have helped.
I used a medium weight linen that I picked up at my local Joann Fabrics. My original thought was that it wouldn't need a lining, but then I panicked at the last minute and lined it anyway, including the underlining of the skirt pieces. Probably unnecessary, but it feels nice.
The lining is where I've started to flex my Make Do And Mend muscles. I used a fabric that I purchased at a charity resale shop. It feels like bed sheet fabric to be honest. It's nice and light with pretty little lavender flowers. And it was $1.00 a yard. Not true Make Do And Mend, as using something I already owned would have been more appropriate for that category, but close enough.
Linen wrinkles something fierce, but I'm hoping both the weight of the fabric and the lining end up reducing some of that. I'll live with the rest because I really like linen. So I'm a little wrinkled. So what.
It's hard to see the lines on this dress, but the first photo gives you a good idea of the length (I'm 5'7", and I made a size 14.). This second photo shows how swingy the 8 panel skirt can be.
I was being funny and hadn't actually planned on using this particular shot. I don't even know what that pose is supposed to be saying. "Ta da!" perhaps. Anyway, it ended up being a good shot of the dress ~ and it's in focus! ~ so here it is.
A clearer shot of the neckline:
If you're someone who doesn't like a fitted waist, this is a great dress for you. The dress just glides over my curves, hitting me in the right spots without being too tight. I'm comfortable. This could even be a Thanksgiving dress, where pie is enthusiastically consumed.
I will be making this dress a third time, though I'm not entirely sure I want to line the bodice again. It's not a bad thing to learn, and being able to enclose the back zipper tape in the lining is very nice. It looks so neat.
But facings are pretty darn easy. I'll have to think about it. See if I can construct the dress the way I usually like to do it, and then leave the lining/facing decision until the end.