I've been sitting on the fence for so long hemming and hawing about what prints I wanted, what material I wanted to use, what pattern looked good, blah-blah-blah. For this dress, I went with a woven cotton from Cotton + Steel (whose lines I'm really beginning to love) called August Stampede in Navy, and the pattern is one from Lisette (Butterick 6168) that I've been holding in my "some day" pile for far too long.
I received this fabric yesterday and was so excited to get to work on it - it's such a happy print and I felt that being another designer's pattern, the instructions were written much better than the typical Butterick pattern.
The front keyhole makes the dress young while also remaining modest enough so I can wear it to my museum job without scandalizing the patrons. The other thing I liked about the pattern was the ability to make it into a tunic to be worn with leggings.
And would you just look at that invisible zipper! This is by far the best job I've ever done with sewing a zipper, invisible or otherwise. I'm so excited about finally adding that particular skill to my tool kit. I would have loved to show off this dress with me wearing it because it's so much cuter on a person than just hanging, but I seem to have caught some nasty Fall bug and I'm looking quite the mess today. Making something so quickly and that went well really helped me feel better, but now I plan on parking myself on the couch in what I call my invalid position until I kick this.
Until next time...