For my next project, I was totally inspired by this style of dress by BCBGMaxazria (Picture is from its website). I love the boat neck and how the top blouses, but the skirt portion is very fitted. I didn't really have a pattern in my stash that was a perfect match but I found Simplicity 2863 a good place to begin.
To construct my dress I used view C of the above mentioned pattern. I didn't add the tabs to the sleeves, since I don't plan to roll them up, and I cut four inches off the hem. The designer dress has much wider sleeves, but I preferred my sleeves to be more narrow at the hem. I didn't have enough fabric for the top back piece to be cut on the fold, so my version has a center back seam.
Next, I determined how short I wanted the finished dress to be keeping in mind that I wanted the narrowest part of the look at my low waist. For me, a comfortable length was 18" from my low waist. The fabric is a rayon viscose jersey from Emma One Sock, which I fell in love with the minute it was posted, and has a lot of stretch. I also wanted the fabric to be doubled on the skirt. My hip width is 36". I cut a square of fabric 36" wide and 36" long, which is double the length of the skirt. I then sewed the square into a tube and folded the tube wrong sides together. I basted the top of the skirt together. I was now ready to attach my top to my bottom using a zigzag stitch and letting the top edge hang over the skirt edge by about 5/8". I also sewed a 5/8" seam which gave me 1 1/4" to make a casing for my 1" elastic. With the elastic in place the dress was complete.
Voila! Here it is. I love this dress. I am wearing it with a wide black belt. This dress is so comfortable and has some edginess to it, just what I wanted with this fabric.
My name is Shannon, but my siblings call me Mushy... I am a 44 year old wife and mom. I started sewing in junior high or high school on my mom's Viking. I had an amazing Home Economics teacher who taught me solid techniques. By my junior year, I had sewn a Vogue Bellville Sassoon dress, rated "advanced" for prom. Sewing runs in the family. I was bound to catch the "bug". I hope to inspire you to pursue your sewing interests as I have been inspired by others in the sewing community to pursue mine. Thanks for visiting!