Let me just start with…I think this might be my favorite dress I’ve made so far!
There are so many details that I just love about it. The lining is intentionally shorter than the shell so when sewn together it creates this beautiful blousing effect.
I really like the lower neckline in the back. How cute are those ties? There is supposed to be a back zipper in this dress, but after reading some blog posts by sewers that left out the zipper…I decided to give it a try. I mean who wants to put in a zipper if they don’t have to? For me, the dress goes on easily without the zipper. The elastic waistline cinches the waist in nicely. Tasia provides a tutorial on her blog for how to leave the zipper out. http://sewaholic.net/saltspring-dress-no-zipper-no-blousing/ She mentions in the post that she felt like it was hard to get on without the zipper. So whether you need a zipper or not might depend on your build.
I love how “flowy” the skirt is. You really need to use a fabric with a good drape for this dress. I used rayon challis fabric called Specimen in Brazil by Anna Maria Horner. I purchased this fabric here http://www.hawthornethreads.com/fabric/designer/anna_maria_horner/field_study_rayon_challis/specimen_in_brazil
I cut a size 4 for the bust and slowly graded out to the 6 for the waist and hips. The dress fits perfect! The easy fit of this dress makes it a great project for beginners. There is also a sewalong on sewaholic that gives more in depth details.
This dress also looks great with a cardigan to extend its wear into the fall.