This is quite a picture heavy post - partly because I am a little bit in love with this dress and partly because I got a tripod for my birthday!
So, after battling with it since Christmas, I have finally finished my Colette Peony dress. All that pattern fitting, all that tweaking, and I'm afraid I still haven't got it quite right. The bodice and neckline, as you can see, are a little bit big, but the couture techniques and full lining make it a delight to wear - so I will learn from it and love wearing it!
A few details....
The hem lining has a small fold which gives extra room when you sit down. It should stop the lining from pulling the dress hem up when it is under tension.
The fully lined sleeves also have the same effect.
I re-drafted the neckline a little to give it a slightly more scooped effect.
My previous Peony has the original neckline which I found was just a little too high for my taste. This feels much more comfortable.
My dear, non-sewing friends listened patiently when I explained enthusiastically how the fact that my self drafted sleeve dart matched up with the shoulder seam was, in fact, very important.
I think I lost their attention by the time I was pointing out that my waist darts and the new skirt darts I had also drafted met up. So I'm showing you!
The good thing about the bodice being roomy (along with my more comfortable redrafted sleeves) is that there is no restrictions in my movement in the dress. Photo above: Exhibit A.
Finally, to prove that I actually do wear the things I make and bore my friend silly talking about them, here is a picture of me at a recent girl's spa weekend....
Looking contemplative? Yes, I am probably thinking about my dress!