I had some fantastic maroon fabric already on hand as well as a neat-o rhinestone button, so I just needed to get the underlining, thread and a zipper. Out came my sweet little 1956 Singer sewing machine and the serger, and away I went:
I know that serging is old hat for some folks, but it was a thrill to actually get it to work. I was tickled to be able to produce a tidy, professional finish to my seams. Whee!
A few days later, behold the dress!
Things I love about this pattern:
- simple, no nonsense instructions (they write the instructions assuming that [wow] a person can sew
- the simplicity in fitting the dress due to the slimming princess-line seams
- the underlining of everything but the sleeves (this made the hemming process amazing - no obnoxious hemline to try to steam out)
- the elbow darts on the sleeves
- the snappy stand up collar and groovy button
- the strange technique for sewing the interfacing to the neckline facing. I know that this pattern was made before the days of fusible interfacing, but the instructions were like no other I have ever experienced.
- the sleeves had way too much extra fabric to ease into the armhole. I definitely think a bit of that could have been done away with and the sleeves would have eased in just fine.