Did you know that I’m a bit of a theatre geek? Well, now you know. I spent the better part of my elementary, teenage, and early 20s doing community theatre every chance I got. For some reason, Sunday in the Park with George popped into my head while I was taking these photos. It WAS Sunday, so I guess it makes sense. This dress is not named George, though. It’s Anna!
And, wear it I have! It was totally worth all of my fitting woes because I wear it all the time. It’s the perfect throw-on dress for work. It’s cute, comfy, and breathable in the summer. The little kimono sleeves make it perfect for layering with cardigans, too.
As you can see, I did make some changes to the pattern. I eliminated the neckline facing, and finished with bias tape instead. The most noticeable one is that I swapped out the skirt for a simple gathered skirt. I wanted to showcase the pretty border print, so I thought a gathered skirt would be the best way to do that.
In terms of fitting, I found that the bodice ran large on me. As is, I still have some ease in all places including the waist. I made a size 4 which should have a 25.5 inch waist. Mine is currently sitting around a 28. I graded into a size 2 at the shoulders, and it fit is just okay. I think I’m going to make some more adjustments in the shoulders/upper back for the next one, as there’s still a lot of gaping. I made a 1/2in swayback adjustment, but I think I also need to shorten the bodice a bit.
If you look closely, you can see that I didn’t even bother hemming the skirt. I had to make the dress on the cross-grain to get the print to sit the way I wanted it to, so the selvedge is at the bottom. Its one of those that looks just like the rest of the fabric without holes or fringe, so I just left it as-is. I think it looks fine. Plus, hemming it would have meant loosing a row of flowers at the bottom!
I moved to a new apartment over the weekend, and took these photos in Lincoln Park, which is only 2 blocks from my new place. I’m so glad to have somewhere nearby that’s perfect for pictures. Also, the zoo is steps away! I’m hoping that this gives me that extra little push to finally get back into blogging regularly again!