|Name||Tropical leaf dress|
|Started||Sep 24, 2020|
|Completed||Sep 30, 2020|
|Notes||This fabric is rather bold for me - and not a colour I would usually choose. It is a Liberty Tana Lawn cotton, so was very nice to sew. Fabric felt a little too lightweight for this style, so the dress was fully lined with a pink cotton and has a deep hem facing to add weight to the skirt.
The bodice section came out rather small, I ordered slightly larger than my actual bust measurement but the bodice was too tight. A lot of work was involved in rescuing this project - unpicking and extending the plackets to the full length of the dress, opening the placket seams to insert a zipper. The zipper was quite a chunky, open-ended one (really for a jacket, I think) but I liked the large silver puller on it, so I shortened the zipper tape to remove the other opening end. A lot of very time-consuming hand stitching, with tiny stitches......
This has added the extra centimetres needed to make the dress comfortable to wear, so I am pleased with it now.
I like this style so will probably redraft the pattern pieces to add in some extra ease and make another version with the original button placket.