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I think that summer might finally actually be on its way--thank goodness, since spring got rained out this year. i'm welcoming it with a new dress.
this is simplicity 2444. i used a bit less than 2 yds of lisette gingham fabric.
i made the sleeveless view with self-fabric bias tape at the neck and armholes. i stitched the tape on the wrong side and flipped it to the right to topstitch so that i'd have a nice visible contrasting edge. i cut a size 8 at the shoulders, grading to a 12 at the waist, and then back to a 10 for the skirt. it fits really well. i was pleasantly surprised. i think i cut 5 inches off the skirt and made a 2.5" blind hem.
i did not have a matching zip, so i did a lapped zipper in the back. i absolutely stink at matching patterns. i try but it's not my strong point. oh well.
i added the side seam pockets but i'm not a huge fan. i'd probably just leave them out next time or convert to yoke pockets.
i love this dress. it was very easy to make, though i didn't really follow the instructions. i like the unique dart shaping and the flirty swingy skirt. this will definitely go in the tried and true pile and i'm hoping to make at least one more this summer.
i feel like peggy olson in her transitional wardrobe stage. smart, neat, professional, but still cute. now if only i had a 60s hair flip.