Here's my new dress, along with the accessories I wore with it:
I'm really happy with how the dress turned out, but it ended up being kind of a pain getting there. My first two Hazels were underlined because of the types of fabrics I used. This fabric was more opaque than the others, so I didn't need the underlining for modesty's sake, and decided that going without it would give me a lighter, hot-weather Hazel. But this is quilting cotton: its mildly stretchy nature caused my bodice to have a looser fit than my last dress (also of quilting cotton) because I didn't have the underlining to stabilize it. I ended up having to take the back in by 1/4" at each side of the zipper to eliminate bagginess in the bust. I had really thought that the stay-stitching would lend enough stability, but this time it ended up not being the case.
I also had a terrible time with the zipper. I used a different brand from what I'm used to, and it just didn't want to stay pressed flat, causing me to stitch into the teeth. I had to pick it out and redo it FOUR times! So by the time I'd finished the dress, I was really ready to be finished!
I paid attention to the pattern and made sure the design was centered in the bodice and that the horizontal motifs lined up at the side seams. There's a little jog at the center back seam but otherwise everything is lined up. I'm very happy with the outcome and think this fabric works really well for this pattern.
I knew it would be cooling off in the evening, so I took along an old safari-style jacket and hat. I really like how the outfit came together:
And here's a closer look at my accessories:
|hat from Anthropologie (old), bangles from J. Crew (old) and Sam Edelman Trina sandals|
I'm totally in love with these sandals. I'd been coveting them for a while, so when they went on sale a month or so ago, I went for it. The heel is metallic silver! And they're actually quite comfortable. And of course, they go with my leopard mani ;-)
I know I said this before, but I think I am actually ready to set this pattern aside for now. Hubby has requested a summer shirt, so that's next on my list.