I've finished sewing a second garment! This dress is heavily modified from the BurdaStyle Shakira Dress (which I have made before) and was well worth the multitude of alterations. I changed the style considerably by shortening the sleeves, completely changing the neckline, adding facings, changing the fit, and replacing the back zipper with a keyhole and button closure. Basically I really need to get my hands on a basic sloper pattern that fits me so I can just draft my own patterns.
I really like the slightly 60's vibe it has in the wide neck, slightly puffed sleeves, curvy shape, and above-knee hem. However I mostly like the fabric, which fits beautifully with all the dark 90’s florals I've been seeing lately by actually being a dark floral print my mum picked up in the early 90‘s.
The neckline miraculously and almost perfectly matches that of my Floating Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. This is mostly great because I never know what to wear that sweater with - now I have at least one option. The colours work impeccably too!
I'm pleased with the fit in this dress - I made about a hundred alterations (I don't make muslins, I just alter everything as I put it together. I am a terrible person) and I think they were worth it. My fitting goal isn't to hide "imperfections" so much as to emphasize things I think are awesome, and I'm happy with this attempt.
My only irritation is that I have a mole that is perfectly framed by the back cutout. It's like I'm trying to show it off. Not the case, I'm afraid. But isn't my haircut fun? The undercut makes me feel like a punk princess. And yes, I am trying to show that off.
I'll be back soon with more pretty things!