Mehetabel has an upcoming event for which she needs a new dress. The guidelines? It must be comfortable, it must be flattering, it must be opaque (no slips, please!), and it must be ivory. Well, the attitude here on the Bespokeabilty factory floor is definitely can do!
Item 1: It must be comfortable. Check! What could be more comfortable than a soft rayon lycra double knit? Purchased from Stonemountain and Daughter.
Item 2: It must be flattering. Check! I think Mehetabel looks great in this surplice style (New Look 6301). The neckline is very flattering, and because the dress is a mock-wrap, she won't need to worry about skirt malfunctions!
Item 3: It must be opaque. Check! The bodice and skirt pieces were underlined with white swimsuit lining. This dress has some heft, and no slip is needed. I also love that the underlining makes it so there isn't any shadowing at the seams and hem.
Item 4: It must be ivory. Check! I was a little worried that this winter white double knit might be too creamy, but Mehetabel loves it.
In addition to the underlining, I added ten inches in length to the ties, and I omitted the elastic at the waist. The seam allowances of the neck and arm bands are tacked to the underlining so they won't flip outward. When I sew this pattern again, I think I will trim the shoulder width a bit.
I let the skirt hang for 24 hours before hemming it--and I'm glad I did, because it grew a bit overnight!
Overall, I'd say this is another one for the win column! The disaster I mentioned in the last post was another version of this dress--one that I tried to line rather than underline. Clearly, I didn't think that one through! I also tried to use clear elastic at the waist and in place of the arm and neck bands. Ugh! What a mess. That stuff is not for me.