One of the changes is that I made the skirt more of an a-line instead of hip-hugging. I also made the sleeves a bit looser.
The dress zips in back with a hook and eye at the top. It has a wide peter pan collar that opens in the back. The modified empire waist has four darts in both the front and the back of the skirt. The back bodice has two darts, the front bodice has gathers.
The opening in front is actually a faux opening - the front skirt has two pieces sewn together and folded over. Buttons are sewn on the edge of the fold. It doesn't actually open.
The sleeves in the photo show two darts, but I changed the pattern to have only one.
The zipper is an invisible zipper that is put in by hand. I have better results with hand picking zippers than I do putting one in by machine.
Here is a photo of me next to one of the inspirations. My version has a closer collar and an a-line skirt.
More news I am thrilled about - I am putting the pattern online for free! It is my first one, so I am excited at the idea that someone else will sew it. I haven't graded the pattern, so it is only available in one size.... mine. I am approximately a size 12 in ready-to-wear. This dress will work for a 38" bust and 31" waist. The hips on the dress are more or less open since it is a-line.
In return for the free pattern, I only ask three things:
- Please don't post it anywhere else. I worked hard on the pattern.
- If you sew it, I would LOVE to see pictures. I will link to them from my blog.
- If you have any improvements to suggest, just let me know. I am not an expert and this is my first e-pattern. I am excited about techniques to make my e-patterns better.
Without further ado.... here is the link to the pattern on Craftsy. Enjoy!!!