As soon as I finished my weekend sewing dress, I was ready to make another one, you know, while it was still fresh in my mind. On Sunday night I took a chance and cut this one out of "good" fabric, an older Amy Butler print that I was saving for something special.
Oh yes, this is what I was after - I love this dress! I wanted something simple and comfortable, something I could throw on with flip flops when I didn't really feel like getting dressed, but looked pretty darned dressed when I had it on, know what I mean?
For this version, I trimmed my sleeves a bit and lowered the neckline another 2 inches. Again, I applied the placket to the outside, just because I like it that way. I narrowed the back piece to line up with my skirt piece, so no back darts, but I did add darts to the front, which was the only thing I'm not thrilled about - I placed the vertical front darts too far apart, I think it would be more flattering if they were a little closer together. My plan was to lower my original bodice piece by an inch or so, but I didn't have quite enough fabric, so I had to piece it. I like how that adds a waistband detail to it. I fitted this dress about as much as I could while still getting it over my head. I added some back ties to give it a little more fit. Oh, and I also lengthened the hem a little bit. I feel more comfortable chasing after my kids with this hemline.
Overall, I'm very pleased! Do you mind if I make a dozen of these now?