I decided to sew along for week 2 of the Project Sewn challenge. This week's theme was to make a
sundress so I was pretty excited. I love sundresses and could wear one every day. They're comfortable and can be dressed up with a nice jacket or cardigan and heels, or dressed down with some flip flops.
Most of the sundresses in my closet that I love are knit, so I decided to use some pretty floral knit that I had gotten from Girl Charlee a while ago. The floral made me think vintage, so I knew I'd want to create a sweetheart neckline and use piping. I also thought it would be cool to add a current trend, neon, so I used some neon green piping to define a waist. Maybe I should call this dress "A Touch of Neon". I only put piping in the front because I thought I would add elastic to the back. But the knit ended up being stretchy enough to not need it.
I have no idea what I'm doing when making women's clothing and own only one pattern - the Casual Lady Dress/Top. So I used that pattern as a baseline but completely changed it. I decided where the waist would be and where I'd want piping. I also curved the front of the top from the bottom of the arm holes to the fold. Then added 1/2 seam allowances to my changes. I measured myself to determine the strap width and length. I thought I would make a halter, but decided it looked better forming a V in the back. I tried to slope the back bodice to match that V line. I used a peachy pink fabric from Girl Charlee for the lining since I only had one yard to work with of the floral knit. I also added pockets - a must!
I gathered the skirt using pleating to try to keep the vintage vibe. I tacked together some mini pleats at the center neckline to give it the sweetheart look. I left the hem of the dress unfinished because it draped better that way, and also to keep it casual - it is a sundress after all!
Since the Casual Lady dress is made with some ease, I had to take the dress in a lot! I should have measured myself better, but I was afraid to make it too small. Luckily I had made a center seam in the back of the bodice so I took in 1 1/2 inches there. It looked nice after that, but still a little ill fitting. So I took in the sides a little from the piping down. They are upside down darts - is that a thing? I'm sure I did something wrong but I like the look.
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