Remember the Not so Fun With Fabric fabric? Had a weird print with an odd repeat? And how I had to design on the fly with it? I completed the dress and have gotten to wear it a couple times this summer! The fabric is still weird as all Eff and that weirdness makes some aspects of the dress look weird. But the color is nice and it's very cool and comfortable on a hot summer day and I like the way the little ripples turned out.
And here it is. The placement of the print makes the whole thing look a little skewed for some reason. When I measure with a tape measure everything is even on both sides and when I wear it it isn't all weirdly off kilter, but on the dress form it looks like I was drunk when I made it.
And here is the backview. I used an older zipper technique where a center back zipper is covered with fabric on the outside and there's a strip of fabric on the underside called a "zipper guard" to prevent the zipper from pinching the skin. It was quite common when all zippers had metal teeth, I used it here because the fit of the bodice is extremely snug.
Overall it doesn't look too different from the sketch. The biggest challenge has been the fabric itself with the odd print. It was impossible to line up or match and no matter what I did the print made the bodice look odd.
It does look much better when I am wearing it. As I said, the sheer rayon voile is super light, cool and breezy on hot summer days. The halter neck gives it a bit of a retro vintage look. And the bold print is certainly eye-catching. One a scal of one to ten I would give it a solid 6.5. A lot of points are deducted for the print being so difficult to work with and making it far more challenging than it neded to be.
This dress also pointed out one other problem I need to address: My dress form is now much larger than I am. It's about three inches too large in the bust and two inches too large in the waist. On one hand I'm like UGH! I gotta take it apart and sew it smaller and re-stuff it and on the other hand I am like YAY! I have to make it smaller!