Thursday, March 3, 2011
The fabric is a leopard charmeuse. You can see the beasts peeking through the fronds of palm leaves. There is a lot of piecing in this dress and opportunities to detail aspects of the fabric without being too tacky.
I love how the cap of the sleeves are pleated and then let loose and ending in a tiny band. It would have been over the edge if the sleeve was just gathered at the top. This style made the dress a little more sophisticated being that there is so much gathering in the front and back.
This is the back. There are actually two bands of elastic in this gathering making is comfortable for the body that is fuller to wear. Very thoughtful.
The front detail is all gathered. I used a black charmeuse to make the 1/8th inch piping. The bust gets gathered into the flat top band. There is a slightly gathered middle band. And then a flat lower band from which the skirt is gathered.
What you can't see is that the hem is a shirt-tailed hem which I managed to pull of pretty well. Another point I like about this dress is that there is no fullness on thge sides making is very slimming. This dress could be made in any type of fabric from cottons to silks. Just a great pattern.