|Here it, as per the pattern.|
|Side view if this helps anyone.|
I wasn't wild about the sash, so I tried the dress with a few belts. I think it looks loads better with a belt.
|I didn't like it much with the sash, so I tried this skinny Boden belt.|
|But, it is this 15 year old Ralph Lauren belt that I think works best.|
Some things I love to sew, but don't really wear. This I did not love to sew. All that top stitching! Lining! Button after button, arg! As Claverie on pattern review remarked, it was like making a coat!
But, I think I will wear this a lot. Because it is heavy weight and has a tailored feel, it's comfortable to wear. It doesn't feel like anything is "hanging out" or bulging or jiggling or whatever.
I read Carolyn's comments on this dress with trepidation. I also had trouble pivoting on side panel inserts. In the end, I didn't cut far enough and had to iron out the dimples. It was never perfect, but the belt loops are strategically placed over my short comings.
I found that the belt loops were to high in the front for my waist. I tried to move them down, but ended up making a hole in the dress with my seam ripper, so I settled for longer belt loops that I was able to make out the meagre scraps left from this project. That's fine, large belt loops mean more belt loops and the design is barely compromised.
I used a piece of medium weight twill from Gorgeous Fabrics to sew up Suzie Chin's trench dress for Butterick. I bought the twill intending to make trousers, then decided on a skirt and finally decided I really wanted to sew a dress. I think this was a 2 yard order, but Ann is generous with her cuts, and I ended up with something more like 2 1/4 yards. The pattern called for 2 3/4 yards, but with some ingenuity and some compromises, I managed to eek it out.
|I had to piece the inside collar stand together. It doesn't show or bother me at all. You can also see that I took Uta's advice and used this left over cotton lawn that I wasn't crazy about for lining fabric.|
|I don't know if you can see it, but I had to piece the sash together as well. Again, I am not bothered, and I think I'll wear this with a belt anyway.|
|B5598 Line drawing, just in case you were curious.|