I've spent a little time recently cutting out various items so that when I get time to sew I can just throw myself into it. It's funny though, once something is cut, I seem to lose the desire to sew it. I decided to make this dress even though I had 4 items already cut.
Cynthia Rowley's older patterns has a shaped bodice with racer back. I used a recently purchased ponte from Spotlight. I actually went to Spotlight to try to find their 'Winter' ponte from their December catalogue that was supposed to be on sale for $4 per meter. None of the sales assistants could help me locate it, nor actually knew what it was. One suggested that so long as the fibre content of any ponte was the same as the catalogue and the price point was also the same, then they must be the ones, so at $4 per meter, the fabric for this dress was quite a cost effective.
Jess's advice and sewed with the bodice facing up, not the yoke, and it worked. I used a simple zig zag stitch .5mm wide on my machine to construct the dress and serged the seams on the bodice to keep it neat. There is a lot of pressing to get the seam allowances to sit in the right direction, but they worked in the end.
All in all, I'm very happy with this dress and it is super comfortable to wear. I have some black ponte from Spotlight too, so may make another version.
Pattern: Simplicity 2443 - gift = free
Fabric: 2m Ponte on sale from Spotlight $8