I feel almost goofy wearing this dress right now, it's so lightweight and summery. The fabric is a lightweight cotton ikat print from JoAnn Fabrics. I know. This is one of the few nice, polyester-free fabrics I've found at JoAnn's. This is true stashbustin': I purchased this fabric right when I started garment sewing, about 2 years ago.
Warning: the bodice is ridonculously short. I made a quick muslin of the top, and ultimately added 1 1/4" because, as drafted, it only made it half-way down my bust. I also added 3" to the length so that I wasn't married to the super-short length at the end.
Other than those changes, the dress was easy to make, even the ruffles (they are self-lined, instead of finished with a narrow hem).
The entire inside, except the waistband, is finished with french seams - including the bust dart. Here's the pattern piece, and the finished dart.
I don't think this is vastly different from a regular dart - I've never been that offended by them - but it was different and fun to sew.
I probably won't make this again. It's a really cute dress, but the gathering is a little poufy. It's more pronounced than on the pattern envelope, and this is a really lightweight material. My husband likes the dress, but noted that it could double as a maternity garment if we were ever to have children. Ouch. He backpaddled by pointing out that it really only looks blousy from the side.
Regardless, I think it will be a great alternative to shorts on those 90 degree days that just seem so far away right now...
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We're headed to Spain tomorrow for 10 days of sightseeing and jamon-eating (and perhaps some fabric shopping: a reader suggested Ribes & Casals in Madrid. Thanks!) See you back here in a few weeks!