Today I have my latest dress to share with you - and I have to say, this time it looks exactly like what I saw in my head. That doesn't happen all too often in my experience.
This lovely is a bit of a mashup. It wasn't intended to be, though. I started off with Kwik Sew 3682, which has a lovely deep V on the bodice (View B). However, I had bought slightly too little fabric, and even if I hacked 4 inches off the skirt (which I often do with patterns, because they're usually too long on me), it still wouldn't fit all the pieces because the skirt was too wide! So, I substituted the ever excellent skirt from Simplicity 2444 instead. Because it's great. And it also fit on the fabric, so there's that.
This gorgeous fabric is Michael Miller - to be exact, Rigging in Navy from the Ahoy Matey collection (no longer available, but fabric.com link here for a closer look). It's delightful, and the dress is fully lined in navy blue (cotton for the bodice, bemsilk for the skirt - as usual). Michael Miller fabrics are great, and I love the prints! I couldn't resist this one.
I forgot how much I like this bodice - the last K3682 dress I owned I actually made too small, so ended up getting rid of it a while ago now. I feel like it toes the line between a deep V and an appropriate V (although I do think it's perhaps not ideal for work around the children!).
The bodice is somewhere between a size S and M. I cut the Medium after toile-ing the Small (I have lost some weight, but it turns out, not that much), and it was a little big, so I took it in at the zip. A quick and easy fix. The skirt is my usual size, and I even still had it out from my Batik dress a few posts ago, which was even better. I will definitely be making this V neck again, although maybe with a wider fabric so I can use the matching skirt.
I haven't actually worn this dress out in the wild yet though - I always like to give my new me-mades a bit of an 'occasion' when I first wear them (even if it's just date night or going into the city). I haven't had a good reason yet, but I'll find one. I am going to a concert this weekend...
Do you do that? Save your first wear for something a little more fancy than just any old day? I'd love to know.