I also needed something with very, very simple lines to suit this fabric. This is a crazy print and no fine details were even remotely going to show up. (The fabric is from Jay McCarroll's Habitat line. Yes, it is a quilting fabric. No, you are not supposed to use quilting fabrics for clothing. Turns out many styles inspired by the 50s and 60s don't have a lot of drape, and these fabrics can work just fine.)
Since it is hard to see anything because of this print (and if you have been reading for awhile, you know I love a crazy print) I will describe it to you.
- Boat neck, but not too wide, because I don't want my bra straps to show.
- Basic dirndl skirt.
- Sleeveless. (I was going for a 60s look so I did not bring in the shoulder points of the armscye like one might normally do when making a summer sleeveless dress.)
- Invisible zipper.
- Hemmed by hand.
- French darts are not sewn all the way.
See where I've drawn that white line? That's where I stopped sewing the bust dart. Instead of having bust darts and waist darts, I moved the bust darts into the waist for 2 giant french darts. (Just to see if I could.) As a rule, the bigger the dart, the pointier it is, and let me tell you, this dart was insanely pointy. Like a paring knife sticking out of my chest. So, I stopped sewing the dart below my bosom area and pressed the dart legs towards the center. This creates a little fold above where I stopped sewing that ends at my bust apex, creating a much smoother look. ( I could not get a good photo. If I use this bodice pattern again with a calmer fabric, I will try it again. If you click on the photo, it should get bigger, and you might be able to see the fold.)
I am very happy with this dress. I wanted to see if I could work out a french dart that would flatter my hourglass figure instead of making it scary. Also, the fabric is crazy and I deeply love it! Throw a sweater on over this, and I am ready to go! Also, look how nicely I matched up the back! Can you tell I am excited! ! !