This inspiration dress plus this fabric line (with lots of internal debate about which color would be preferred), with a mash-up of the pink dress bodice (reworked once again) and the colette peony skirt (without pockets, because I’m a monster).
A few things I’m proud of, and would point out to you if we were standing in the same room with this dress:
-the side seams are french seams, the neckline is bound off with bias, and I will eventually encase the waistline and sleeve innards in bias binding as well – CLEAN SEAMS ARE SO NICE!
-the remade bodice has a better scoop-back than my most recent versions of the Pink Dress (apparently, I’d been taking in the center back seam to reduce gaping, which was also converting the u-neck to a poorly-drawn v-neck)
-adding sleeves has helped the boatneck to stay taut in front, and also adds an eau-de-ballerina to the back (sleeves are also from the Peony, with some length added)
-the Colette Peony skirt, with those tiny gathers, is so unexpectedly flattering and I’m tempted to use it for every sundress from now until forever (or, until I fall in love with another skirt, which is somewhat inevitable)
-INVISIBLE ZIPPER! I broke down and bought the invisible zipper foot for my machine, and never has a zipper been so painless! (Also, I used the original pink zipper from the dress that died for this pattern to live.)
A few self-drafting notes…
-if I hadn’t already thrown out, dramatically, all old versions of this pattern (there were at least three), I could show you a side-by-side and you’d be stunned by how wonky and weird that one was – it worked well and made some of my favorite garments, but it was definitely time for an upgrade!
-one of these days, I’m going to learn how to draft my own sleeve/armscye (I had to look up that word), but the franken-pattern method has been a great way for me to play and observe