I know, I know, 3 posts in the last week! While this may give one the impression that I have done nothing but selfish sew the past week or so, I actually made this dress back in February. I was, however, able to corner my photographer and get him to take bunch of pictures for me during the commercial breaks of a Pacers playoff game. Yes, I will grab him whenever I can.
So, this was my Easter dress for this year and it turned out exactly like the picture in my head. Don't you love it when that happens?!! I used McCalls 7167 for the bodice and then self drafted a pleated skirt for the bottom. I discovered this bodice when I made up a shorts romper using 7167 a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it on me. I made some adjustments to the bodice (the neckline was definitely too low for church!) and have decided this is my new favorite fitted bodice. I'm sure you will be seeing this one make a few more returns. In fact, you will probably see another romper made up for the summer!
I used this fantastic white gauzy linen from Mood that has these beautiful embroidered stripes. Because it was quite transparent, I underlined the entire dress in a white cotton lawn. I hemmed the skirt of the lawn shorter so you could see a little peep through. The bodice is lined in a white silk charmeuse (my favorite lining!).
Like I mentioned before, the skirt is self drafted. By self drafted, I mean I took a long rectangle of the fabric and evenly spaced pleats until it fit into the bodice. I know, my skills are impressive. However, the pleated skirt allowed for the bulk around my waist to be minimal (it's a thicker part of me, so whatever I can do to minimize, I do it!), but allows the skirt to still remain full.
Now my original intention with this dress was to make a fantastic coat to wear along with the dress. Because Spring tends to be on the chilly side here in Indiana, I was anticipating needing a coat. However, we actually ended up having a rather warm weekend last week so a coat was definitely not needed (which was good, because the coat is still only half finished and hanging on my dress form shaming me everytime I walk in). Instead, I just paired it with an Ann Taylor cardigan that I just purchased (I actually bought this in the petite version in three colors because that's how I roll).
That about sums up my Easter dress for 2017. I will leave you with some detail shots.
Until next time!