No, no awards were won for this dress–hope I didn’t misrepresent myself there! However, the fabric (Anna Maria Horner’s Flower Circuit in linen) is what I bought with a gift certificate as part of the prize for my winning skirt from Skirt Week 2013! That counts for something, right? Mostly the print just reminds me of fair ribbons…you see it, too, yes? I’ve had this fabric ear-marked for this dress from the start, so it’s a shame that it’s been about a year sitting in my stash. The linen is a bit scratchy, but I wore it for the afternoon and it wasn’t awful. The things we do for fashion!
This is my fourth (first, second, and third) versions of the simple and flattering, yet unfortunately out-of-print Vogue V7871. I altered the pattern as I always do by adding pockets (on seam, using the sweet Jay-Cyn Dottie print quilting cotton):
I also changed the neckline just a bit; instead of a more boat-neck shape, I lowered it to a slight scoop neck. It wasn’t as dramatic of a change as I had hoped, but after 4 versions, I wanted something a little different!
I made an effort to match the giant pattern, and it was a failure almost all around. I’ve been distracted lately by kids at home and other more major things going on, so my best efforts were not as good as I’d like. Oh well! Here’s a view of the serious un-matching in the back (along with the wrinkles from sitting through dinner in a linen dress):
For the construction, I used a serger to finish most edges and cut the facing with the dotted cotton with bias binding. You can see on one of the pockets that I cut into the selvage–why not use those extra fractions of an inch? 🙂 I also bias-bound the cap sleeves on the inside. It makes for such a clean finish.