My last dress might not have turned out so well, but I’ve forgotten all about that because I love this one! Seriously love it. It may be one of my favorite things I’ve made.
To be honest, when I picked it out I didn’t even notice that it it had birds on it! I thought it was just a neat geometric print. Once I realized it was birds though, I liked it even more!
It’s not obvious from the pictures, but in addition to the birds, the fabric has a really cool rippled texture. It’s like 3D fabric. Some spots are thick and others very thin, to the point where it’s a little sheer.
After a lot of deliberation, I decided to pair the fabric with Simplicity 2444. I thought the full skirt would really let the birds shine.
I’ve sewn this pattern before. Even so, I had to re-muslin the bodice because my last fabric was a stretch cotton, and I knew I’d need more ease for this stable bird fabric. I’m glad I took the time to do it, now I’ll be ready to sew S2444 in any fabric.
One thing I changed this time was to cut the front skirt on the fold, rather than have a seam down the front. I like this so much better. The skirt also hangs nicer and flows better when I walk. Oh, and it’s got pockets!
I didn’t try to match the pattern across the back, but it turned out pretty good! Happy accident, there. :)
Here’s the dress flat:
I hand-picked the lapped zipper.
Onto the inside. I underlined the bodice with a light cotton, and left the skirt unlined.
The armholes are finished with bias strips cut from bemberg rayon. It’s kind of a pain to make bias tape with this stuff, but I love that it doesn’t add any bulk.
I also used the bemberg bias strips to finish the edge of my facings, and on the hem.
I didn’t have a matching blue belt so I paired it with mint green and a blue sweater to wear to work yesterday. Next time I might try red accessories.
It feels great to have a sewing win after my last disappointment. And really, how can I not be happy when I’ve got a flock of birds cascading down my dress?
Next up, I’ve got something in store for Tribute Month. . . .