In a previous post I used this dress pattern as an example of what it makes sense to do before you start to actually make a garment.
Having written the post I thought I might as well make the dress.
I love it. The colour, 1967 style and fit are just great. I love it because it is rather loose, but it is also smart and tailored. Unfortunately I don’t think I will ever wear it.
I followed the instructions to the letter and underlined the dress. The crispness of the silk organza undoubtedly helped the linen to take the required form. I have underlined with organza before but have usually added a lining too. This time, as an experiment, I did not. I knew that many couture and designer dresses are made with underlining only and thought I would give it a go.
I did depart from the pattern in one respect in that it proposed that the seams were oversewn by hand. Instead I finished all the seams either with a zig zag stitch, or with the overlocker.
A mistake, I think. I like a lining in a dress. It feels so soft and luxurious. It slips on. It sparks joy in me. It is practical too – if a dress is lined I don’t usually finish the seams at all. They do unravel a little bit, but the lining prevents most of the wear and tear. This dress has the underlining and finished seams and I just can’t stand wearing it. I did get a bit sunburnt at the cricket this week, which has made my upper chest a little sensitive. But the organza feels scratchy and uncomfortable.
However the style of this dress is right up my street. I love the fact that it is supposed to be shift-like and loose. I made a size 32 bust (I am 34) and it still feels very comfortable. Have you ever noticed that a garment made with sufficient ease always makes you look a little smaller and slimmer than a garment that is too tight?
I think I may well make up this dress again in another colour, but with a lining, or without underlining. Have you ever had a scratchy dress?