I had seen and tried on a dress in the high street that I really liked but there were several fitting issues and an even bigger price tag issue. I loved the shape or the dress and I wanted to make a dress of a similar style.
Here is the dress I tried on.... It has princess and waist seams, capped sleeves. It was fully lined with a small amount of net tulle around the bottom of the lining which was unattached from the main skirt.
When I arrived home I had an email from my 'Sew Today' club saying they had a super sale and all patterns (Vogue, Butterick, McCalls and Kwik Sew) were on buy one get two free, what better time to stock up and stash?
I found this, Buttrick 4443 which appeared to be a similar style and shape to the dress I had just tried on, I placed an order for six new patterns that day and the total came to less than £20 (WOOHOO!!!!)
I purchased brushed cotton sateen with a slight stretch and only £3.99pm ($6.70usd) and got to work the following weekend.
I spent some time adjusting the pattern (shortened bodice and sway back) and decided that I wanted to move the zip, I really struggle with back zips and prefer side zip closures so I just moved it and it worked out fine. I lied the bodice as instructed but not the skirt and although I cant add that cute tulle like the original dress I tried on its fine and I love it. I was determined to make the inside as neat as possible and have for the first time in my sewing journey achieved something I feel proud of. Here is the finished dress modelled by Madge (my mannequin) with a self made tie belt, double stitched hem with self made bias tape (thanks to my wonderful bias tape machine). What do you think??? I plan to wear it when the weather eventually changed to something more spring like with my navy peep toe wedge shoes and cropped denim jacket.