Nothing like waiting till the end of the month to debut my September dress eh? Believe it or not, I actually have had the dress finished since the second week of September but I was waiting for an “occasion” to wear it. I have a work dinner thing tonight so I figured why not save my new dress for that?
The pattern is the Cambie from Sewaholic patterns in a red cotton sateen. I know that some seamstresses don’t like sateen but I freaking love it. It has a bit of a stretch to it so it’s comfortable but it’s heavier and beefier than straight cotton. I just think it looks more expensive than it is, but it’s durable and a workhorse fabric at the same time.
I had a bit of a fitting issue with this dress…I made two bodice muslins, first in a size 6 as that’s what my measurements called for but was too big, and then in a size 4(which is ultimately what size I made the dress in). Neither muslin showed the issue that came up in the dress, so I’m not sure where I went wrong/what I did, but luckily I was able to fix it. I’m really glad too, because this dress is SO comfortable, so flattering and just adorable.
So I finished the dress completely and went to try it on and I noticed the back neckline was gaping pretty badly.
At first I didn’t know what I could do to fix it. I was so disappointed because I had such high hopes for this dress. I put the dress aside for a few days before I realized, DUH, just add a few darts.
Big different right?
After adding a hook/eye at the top of the zipper, the neckline lays perfectly flat, but unfortunately I can’t show you as the picture seems to not want to upload no matter what I do.
I used an invisible zipper per my usual(excuse the yellow string hanging off the back of the skirt).
I used the same red striped lining that I used on the mustard skirt and the March dress. I used the cotton sateen for the inner waistband and the lining of the front shoulder/sleeve piece.
I used my own dirndl skirt pattern because the one that comes with the dress used too much fabric. Of course there are pockets:
Don’t you just LOVE my eyeglass bracelet? I have been wanting this bracelet for at least 6 months(it’s from Kate Spade), but I didn’t want to pay full price. I kept waiting but it never seemed to go on sale….then last week I received a coupon for 20% off full-priced items. By sheer coincidence that same day I did an optometric survey with a cash stipend type thing that was more than enough to cover the cost of the bracelet. I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing this bracelet almost daily!