I have had an interesting, and in many ways surprising, experience.
I bought a dirty pink dress in the H&M sale for £5. I ripped it apart and used the front and back pieces as a pattern. I added a little width at both the side seams as it was too small for me.
This dress is pretty stretchy and very close fitting through the bodice. I don’t know why but this was such an easy dress to make. I stitched up the dart seams and tried it on. There was a need to just take a little bit out at the armhole seam. Then I did the hemming in the car. The colour looks different in every picture. The middle one is fairly true. I like this pattern, but if I made it again I would make a paper pattern first. I would balance it better, and I may make it just a little less cut-in at the armhole seam, or maybe even add a little sleeve.
Now it is finished I think it maybe a bit too revealing for work (I will actually wear it with a jacket or cardigan). It doesn’t need a belt but I feel better wearing one. I have accessorised it with a low key purple belt and scarf, but I also tried it on with a silver belt and a showy silver necklace – that would be more suitable for a night out. Perhaps I unintentionally made a “day to night” dress.
I omitted the side zip as I found it would go over my head quite easily. I bound the neck and armholes with a bias strip. It is very comfortable.
Overall, despite there four dart/seams front and back, it was terribly easy and quick to make. A couple of hours, maybe?
I don’t think I have made a dress like this before. I think I am beginning to understand the appeal of jersey dresses and an overlocker.
No facings, interfacing, lining or hand stitching. The pleats just happened. Easy to press.