Well this is my last summer weight dress for this year, and it's been quite a successful one. I first saw this dress on Laura-Mae's blog and loved it and when I found it was one of their multi-cup patterns I was a no-brainer.
The fabric is from Wayne Hemmingway's collection in duck egg blue (my favourite) I bought it a while ago and I don't think it's available any more. It's quite crisp, rather more like a quilting cotton weight, which I think worked quite well with this dress giving the skirt more body.
I have never tried piping before and I wanted to have a go, so I used preprepared piping around the neck and I think it adds a real pop. It also seemed to make the facing stay tucked in nicely. I had wanted to include more piping around the waist, but I just couldn't work out what to do with all the ends, so I didn't risk it. I replaced one of the poppers with a vintage button and I think that gives a nice touch.
Overall I think the dress has a great fit and it's pretty straightforward to make. It's comfortable and the neck is just the right depth, quite decent and the wrap-over feels really secure, no chance of unexpected flashing.
Pattern McCalls 7185 size 14C bust to 12 at waist
Raised waist by 6/8"
Reduced shoulder width by 5/8"
Added 1/2" to sleeve width
Reduced skirt width by 10" front and back
Add 1" to length
I would make this one again, maybe next year!
If the fabric above enhanced this pattern I've just had an example of a fabric which spoilt one. I was really lucky to be sent a pattern by the lovely Jeanette at the Lazy Seamstress. The pattern is the Maude skirt. I imagined the skirt in a lovely waffle cotton from the Cloth House (quite expensive!) with wool crepe pockets. When the fabric came it looked lovely, although I was a bit worried it might be too thick, anyway as it was cotton I washed it .... big mistake ... it went all sort of floppy. But I'd invested quite a bit so went ahead anyway.
This was how it looked. Sort of shapeless and uneven and just not nice at all. I didn't carry on from this stage. I love the pattern (especially the pockets) and will have another go with the right fabric. Didn't want you to think everything I make is successful .... far from it!