I didn't mean to take a month off from my blog, but graduating a high school senior and all the festivities involved with it took over my life.
I am happy to say that our house has returned to its normal busy state.
Even though I made this dress in April, I didn't get around to sharing it. It was a special dress made to wear for graduation. My son's graduation gown was royal blue. I didn't want to compete with it, but to compliment it for great pictures.
|B6164 Fabric from Fashion Fabrics|
Butterick B6164, View A
Rayon Challis from Fashion Fabrics
I first added 1/2" to raise the armhole. I also took out a bunch from the shoulder. After sewing it up partially and then trying it on, I could see my whole bra strap under my arm. I took another bunch off the top of the shoulder and was happy with the results. See my pictures below.
I did take a small swayback adjustment as I was sewing the dress together. This left the hemline with a big wave in it. My dear husband sat on the floor and pinned and repinned the hem for me. I think it was his first and last hem pinning session.
I decided to line the dress with a rayon lining all the way to the hem. The pattern directions line only the bodice. I made up my own construction order and used what I call the "Children's Corner Louise" method of adding the lining to the open armhole. Many cool techniques for my clothing I learned by sewing my daughter's dresses. The techniques in Children's Corner patterns are very valuable to all sewing.
I am extremely happy with the way this dress looks and fits. It looks wonderful and I hope it shows through in the pictures. For those of you who want to make one, please watch the armhole length.