Our College show this year was Made in Dagenham (and a great show it was). I had wanted to have a go at this pattern and it seemed like it would be a nice homage to make it to wear to watch the show which is set in the late 60s. So I cut it out last weekend and wore it on Thursday night.
I love these colours together and it looks just like I wanted. I cut a size 14 bust, grading to a 12 in the waist and hips. It may be because the fabric is slightly stretchy but it turned out quite large and I had to take 5/8" extra in at the side seams, a size 12 would have been a better fit. I also narrowed the shoulders by 5/8" and raised the waist line by just under 1" (my usual adjustments). The shape is a little boxy. Also I think there is a problem with the pattern, my bottom black band was about 4" too short (pattern piece 8), fortunately I had enough to cut it again.
The back is absolutely plain and maybe it would be nicer colour blocked as well. Generally I love the fabric. It's a stretchy cotton from Minerva Crafts at £7.99 a metre and available in 20 colours! I used all the same fabrics, however, the white does seem to be a little lighter (that might just be the colour) and you can see above is a little transparent.
I didn't like the way the pattern fitted the facing so that the side seam joined seamed the facing and dress which I thought wouldn't give a nicely finished underarm. I used the method in this SewOverIt Vlog. Overall this was reasonably successful, I got a lovely finish around the arms, however on one side of the neck I got a funny pull (see below). I think this was due to overstitching too near. I would give it another try though.
Definitely one of my better zip insertions! Now for the rooky mistake. I caught the white fabric in the overlocker as you can see below. I didn't have enough white fabric to recut, so I had to unpick all the seams and cut a wider black panel and reduce the white panel so that the cut is in the seam allowance. You can never get complacent. Overall though I love it.
This weekend we had a great time in London. Even though I lived there for 8 years, we really enjoyed having a tourist weekend. We rode on the BigBus and had a river cruise.
We went to a fabulous production of Madame Butterfly at the Coliseum, only my second live opera (and I fell asleep in the first one). We loved it.