My new tea dress is complete! The pattern was fantastic to work with - I love simply everything about this design.
I am becoming obsessed with drapey sleeves, evidence of which may be seen here, here, and here. And I am afraid this is not the last you will see of the design feature on this blog!
But this dress does not set the sleeves in a simple armscye. The yoke pieces extend over the shoulder, which is fabulous!
Oh, and I forgot to mention in my previous post . . . this is the first pattern I have ever constructed with 3/8” seams. I am not sure how I managed to go this long with all of the vintage patterns I use, but before this, 1/2" is the smallest seam allowance I have ever come across. To be honest, I was a bit concerned with this pattern feature, but my rayon responded favorably, so all is well. If I ever make this dress up again in a fabric that is fray-happy, I will have to reevaluate how I feel about narrow seams!
The linked button closure was also a first for me, and I am sure the technique will come in handy. Just look how perfectly it works on a jacket!
This dress is definitely not for a beginner, but that is why I love it. Any project that challenges me, or teaches me something new is always appreciated.
And this dress is so comfortable! I think it will get quite a bit of wear. Although, the color says late Summer/early Fall to me, so it may live in the closet for a few months . . .
Dress: Made by me, McCall 8997
Shoes: Colin Stuart for
Hair Flower: Made by me