Remember that Retro Butterick pattern B4790? Well, it’s finally finished!!
First off, apologies for the rubbish photos – I took some with my camera whose battery then died, so I took some with my phone, but when I went to upload them, the ones on my camera had not saved, so only rubbish phone pictures, I’m afraid!
The majority of the work was finished weeks ago, but it’s only over the past week that I’ve started on the hand-finishing: the ends of the binding, the closure and the hem. I went for hooks and eyes hidden at the overlap with two strips of bias binding that wrap around and tie at the back. I’ve found this to work well (it was debuted on Thursday night) as the hooks and eyes make it stable and the ties allow a certain amount of adjustment. Plus, the two bows at the back look rather cute!
I did try out a chemise a la reine-inspired self-fabric sash first of all, but I found this added too much bulk around the waist – as this dress has little space between the bust and the start of the skirt, you need to keep the waist in as close as possible. The bias binding sits much better, giving a much slimmer silhouette.
These photos are with the tulle skirt I made way back when as a petticoat – I’m pretty pleased as it’s worked rather well like this. I’m glad I didn’t trim the tulle skirt, now! Bonus, the dress works without a petti (those photos were on the camera, alas, or so I thought).
The only problem with wearing the dress on its own is that the underskirt part (which shows at the front) rides up when you walk. A lot. I was wearing tights at the time, so I’m not sure if it would be better without tights – perhaps it was because of static from them? The other idea I had was sewing weights in the hem of the underskirt. Question for you - have you any tips for stopping a skirt from riding up??? Please! (My modesty needs them!)
My young man has taken to calling this my Superman/Smallville dress due to the colour combination – I didn’t think of that! Nonetheless, I did receive some lovely compliments on the dress when I wore it out and I’m looking forward to wearing it for my MA graduation ceremony next month … beneath a delightful graduation gown, that is!
And a very blurred photo to give you an idea of the shape from the side:
Argh – I need a new camera!!!