"Admire this dress for its quick efficiency". That's what it says on the instruction sheet.
But so far, there has been nothing "quick" or "efficient" about sewing this dress.
And I have a horrible feeling it has taken a whole heap of work to make me look like Anne from The Famous Five. Or worse still, George wearing Anne's frock.
Red lipstick would do a lot to improve this look... if I had eyebrows.
FL says it looks like I am wearing a pinny (apron) on top of my dress, and it's all down to the lace framing the central panel. That blinking lace had to be fed under the front panel seam with a pin as I sewed, 5 stitches at a time. I am NOT taking it off again!
But FL reckons I could take it off the top edge of the front panel and continue the existing line up to the shoulder. What do you think? Here's a picture of the front before I continued the lace round the point.
MY feeling is that I should keep what I have done and add the lace round the back of the neck, which is what was shown in the original illustration.
Which will make it look even more like a "housedress". Because I suspect that is what it is. It's meant to be for wearing around the house while you clean and cook and act the wonderful wifely housewife. It is NOT the vampy swing-dancing dress I planned at all!
I wonder if the buttons could help rescue it? I am thinking of black "jet" glass. FL thinks I should use fabric-covered buttons so they "disappear" but I think that will draw even more attention to the lace.