I was attracted to the high-waisted skirt plus bodice style, which I thought would give me the shape I like in one piece, instead of having to play matchy-matchy games every morning, looking for a top to wear with my skirts.
This pattern, unusually, recommends quilting cotton. Those box pleats and quite formal-looking darted bodice definitely benefit from a fabric with some structure.
Ha ha ha - you should have seen FL's face when I turned round! Perhaps they are an acquired taste? He actually gasped: "That's a very visible zip!"
And I like it!
Maybe not for every dress I make, but it's fun once in a while, and I think it goes well with the fabric I chose.
All the raw edges are neatly hidden away.
I really need to buy some pinking shears.
Is that a dog hair I see there? Already?! Sigh.
Pattern: The Mortmain Dress by Gather, £13, in size 8 - this is the smallest size and it is surprisingly busty. Check your measurements!
Fabric: 2 metres of Cocoland cats sailcloth from Frumble Fabrics, £26.40. I used every last scrap of the fabric - you would definitely need more than 2 metres if you added any length at all.
Other: A 22 inch brass zip, £5.20 (ouch!)
I lowered the bust darts by almost an inch and shortened the front waist darts by the same amount. I could have done with lifting the shoulders too, but I only realised this when I saw these pictures. That would have meant lowering the darts yet again, so... yeah. Maybe I need to accept I am smaller and shorter than average. This is the sort of messing about that puts me off making fitted dresses!
Otherwise, I followed the pattern instructions, which were really detailed and helpful - hooray!
It took quite a lot of sewing.
Call me a wimp, but I wouldn't want to try to make this in one session.
"So wonderfully, wanna flea wanna flea wanna flea PRETTY!" do do doobee doo da!
Oh dear goodness, I gotta have a dance now!
"Hand in hand is the only way to la-and, always the right way round!"