I wasn't sure what dress pattern to use, but I was sure that I wanted something simple. I would've loved to make the Colette Peony, but the bodice is terrible---there, I said it. I had such fitting woes, that I've contemplated tearing the bodice pattern into shreds. The Darling Ranges dress pattern inspires the same amount of hatred but that's a story for another time.
I knew that I wanted a bodice with a boat/bandeau neckline and cap sleeves, so I sought out a pattern. I bought Butterick 4386 with the hopes of trying out a sheath dress pattern. I made a muslin of the dress and the top fit so well that I decided to make it as a separate bodice.
Next, was the skirt selection. I tried it with the Peony skirt but I used the wrong size and it didn't quite work out. Instead, I used the flared skirt from Butterick/See & Sew 4957, an oop pattern that I stumbled across a few months ago. I'm still not sure how I found out about it, but I'm glad I did. You can still find it on ebay. I made the dress (not blogged) and liked it, but the bodice didn't have waist darts. But it was a perfect match for my Butterick 4386 bodice.
I cut a size 18 for the shoulders, sleeves and bust and graded down to a size 16 for the waist. I used a size 20 for the skirt---the finished waistline measurement was the same as the size 16. I used a hem facing for the dress and a tiny baby hem for the lining.
The yellow pin dot lawn was practically see-thru. I thought about underlining it, but summer will be here and it will be too hot to wear. I decided to fully line the dress but this time I used pongee (also called Posh Lining on the Joann website) instead of my usual cotton/poly batiste. For something that is 100% polyester, it sure does breathe well and was an excellent compliment to the cotton lawn.
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I love this dress. It was an easy make and perfect for the beautiful weather here in Austin this weekend. I think I may use this bodice again but with a pleated skirt next time. I'm also in dire need of something pleated.