Last weekend my girls woke early and after my morning coffee, I started drawing in my sketch book. By the time my husband was up an hour later, I had drawn up this bodice and sketched out some options for a new dress design. This is the first dress that has come of the sketches and drafting and I am really happy with how it came out.
It features a cross over v-neck with flat rectangular collar pieces which are caught in the shoulder seams. I need to fiddle a bit with the bodice line as when it is worn on the body the dress curves upwards a little, whereas I want it to appear straight when worn. These sleeves are three quarter with a small bias cuff which is top stitched in the ditch of the seam. The skirt is gathered and the dress closes with three buttons at the back - with extra opening down the skirt. This makes the dress super easy to get on and off - sort of the way you would donn an art smock. I find I tend not to grab the dresses of the hangers that are not easy to put on and off as I hate trying to squeeze my little girls arms up into armholes through tight waistlines!
Below you can see how the collar does not extend all the way around to the back. The bodice pieces are lined. I have already cut out view two of this design in a gorgeous loose weave vintage style blue and white spot with a little bit of black.
As you may have read here and here, I am busy working on a bathing suit pattern, but I think this one is next in the queue. Other options will include:
- flutter sleeves (what can I say, they are so pretty!)
- curved pockets with bias trim
- tunic/shirt length option
I sort of love black floral...well a nice one is hard to find, but I have been wanting to sew with one for a while. I bought this one at good old Spotlight (well, my local store is 3 minutes from my house so I am pretty much there every week for bits and pieces!).
Do you like this dress? I look forward to showing you the other two views over the next few weeks...