A little while ago I got bogged down matching fabric to sew this lovely top and I think I swore that I would never ever again, sew a garment that needed fabric matched. Well, I guess I didn't quite stick to that statement.Anna Maria Horner pastry line voile in coral, which is actually orange, not a shade of pink.
I also intended to sew a fancy exposed zip or handpicked one, but this part of the dress was sewn at about 11.30pm Friday night and there was no way that I was going to start learning new things at that time of night, so it ended up being just a regular lapped zipper.
I also fully lined the skirt, but again this was done late at night, so without looking up the correct method to do this, I just sewed the white voile lining fabric with the outer fabric as though it was one and it works. I don't know how well it'll wash though and I'm terribly worried about how it will shrink, even though I pre-washed both fabrics, but it's sewn and there's no point crying now.
I made two key modifications to the frock including adding size to the waist and also significantly lowering the point on the bodice where the straps button.
I really love this little frock and can definitely see me wearing it at BBQs this summer. I love the soft pleats at the bust, which I think might give the illusion that there's a little more there (hopefully) and I love the pleats on the skirt. I originally planned to wear this dress on Saturday, but accidentally sewed the lining a little too taught at close to midnight, making the outer bubble a bit. By then it was waaaay too late to unpick and re-sew, so my wardrobe was a little plain for the BBQ. Anyway, it's now ready for the next event and boy do we have a stack planned for the coming weeks.
Now I really need to get stuck into sewing some more gifts for Christmas.