The first of my summer dresses is complete! I have a long list of hopefuls, but I think a polka dot chevron version of the Clara dress will be next.
This was my first attempt at a fully lined dress, I had done a lined bodice on the Colette Hazel, but that was last summer. It's old news that I tend to hate facings, I find them fussy, so it was thrilling to make this with NO facings! I even attempted to match the pattern perfectly on this piece, and create my own Chevron effect. The inspiration for this dress came months ago when I bought 4 yards of very light mint striped eyelett at Sewfisticated for $2/yard.
The light was beautiful out on our street Sunday evening. We snapped some photos before heading out to Saloon for a friends birthday. If you like whiskey, that's a great spot to check out, and all of their printed materials are so beautifully designed. They even have letterpressed business cards!
I love that you can see the lining fabric peaking out in this shot, it's one of my favorite parts of the dress! The bright chartruese cotton voile is so comfy for summer and makes the overlayed eyelet a beautiful shade of mint. I felt transported back to Venice in this shot, if only those steps were actually leading out onto a beautiful canal. Instead we were surrounded by locals who thought we were crazy for having a photoshoot.
Overall I don't think I would make the Peony again, I found the bust darts to be pretty tough to work with. These are still way too long, but they eliminated the dreaded pointy bust, so I gave up. The boat neck is also pretty high for me, I know I could lower it, but I already have a similar bodice that fits from my New Years dress. Next time I could pop that bodice on to an A-line skirt and be happier in the end. I did end up french seaming as often as I could, and my zipper went in successfully on the first go-around. Overall I would call this dress a huge success and I look forward to wearing it in to Sewing Club tomorrow evening at Grey's Fabric!