The Couture Dress »
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Romantic, Cute, Casual
Cotton fashion fabric and cotton muslin lining
What was your inspiration?
Summer! I wanted something pretty and smart casual to wear to lunches or for a day out.
What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of the fit, the sleeve and the lace trim.
I have always made a garment first with the fashion fabric. This was my first time making a muslin toile and it made a HUGE difference to the fit. I was able to adjust the size on the toile first then have a perfect fitting dress.
The lace trim adds a new dimension and gives it a feminine finish.
The sleeve is a flounce sleeve that I took from another pattern. I wanted to cover the top of my shoulders, without having a full cap sleeve which I find too restrictive.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Definitely raise the back as Susan advises to do. I didn't with this dress and the sleeves fall down. I now have the added dilemma of trying to figure out what to add to keep the shoulders up!
I am making this dress again with a straight skirt and I have raised the back, which fits much better and the shoulders don't fall down.