After all of my carrying on about colorful clothes, I’m back in black.
I envisioned this pattern as a black dress from the beginning and used a black textured French polyester/cotton taffeta from Tessuti. The fabric certainly highlights the dressier details of the pattern and gives the dress a more structured appearance. I believe this is the fabric featured in the most recent Tessuti contest for a knee-length formal dress, but I think the dobby-spotted texture brings about the versatility to dress it up or down.
However the fabric is viewed, I’ve got a new transitional dress on two levels….
Summer into Fall — and — Smart-casual to dressy depending the accessories.
This time around I made some changes which affected the construction process.
- added an invisible zipper
- lined the entire dress
- reduced the shoulder width by an inch.
I found the pattern ran slightly large, particularly in the upper bodice - I crossed my fingers and cut a size smaller hoping to achieve a fitted garment.
It fits as long as I don’t eat too much while wearing ;)
Indeed, I’m very pleased with the result and am saving it for a special occasion in September. But now I’m thinking about version Number 3 and I’m going to go all out with this Marc Jacobs silk brocade.
Upon seeing the madras patchwork dress, one reader suggested I change the design to eliminate the neckline ruffle and add a ruffle across the front tab. I’m intrigued with this idea which would be feminine but would also diminish some of the fru-fru. What do you think?
Regardless of my decision for dress number 3, I’m truly thrilled to have found an uncomplicated pattern that speaks to my taste and style. It’s definitely calling my name ONE MORE TIME!