I love green and navy prints. Here’s one from Banana Republic’s current Mad Men collection I think is fabulous:
When shopping I tend to seek out navy and green prints, so as I was picking fabric to make my own dress, a green and navy print was the obvious choice. I picked up this geometric cotton sateen at Joann’s a few weeks ago. It’s part of their Hampton Collection and has been on sale, 30% off, for a while now. I think it cost me about $10 a yard.
I used New Look 0126 and made a muslin.
…And then made and remade the muslin. Several versions later, I decided I needed one size up top and a different one on the bottom.I ended up cutting a 10 on top and a 12 on the bottom. I was a bit freaked out by having to merge two different sizes but it wasn’t a big deal as I just blended them at the waist.
Here’s the final result without a belt:
Also, the back neckline gapes a wee bit. It’s fine with the sweater over it and I’m hoping it’s due to the interfacing needing to soften up a bit in the wash. I bought what the pattern recommended, but it seems overly stiff.
Hands down, my favorite part of the dress is the invisible hem. I did a slip stitch by hand and it really is invisible!
Overall, I’m pleased with how my first dress turned out. I wore it to dinner with friends this evening and they asked where I bought my dress. Their reactions were pretty humorous when I told them I’d made it!
This weekend, I was at Joann’s (if I’m not careful, they are going to start charging me rent) and I took advantage of their 5 for $5 Butterick patterns promotion.
Hmmm… which should I make next?