But at last, here it is. Four months late, but with a very valid excuse of shoulder surgery and subsequent relapse (with accompanying talk of a possible second operation - sulk).
The bodice ended up a little bit too long, so the dress has a slight 1980s drop waist.
I have the perfect belt to help hide that though!
Front view (with belt!)
I only overcast the hem, rather than a turned up hem. I'm not sure how that will hold up in the wash so I may end up hemming it later.
Back view, invisible zip at centre back.
I put interfacing between facing and fabric, but I'm wondering if it might still be too flimsy to stay upright as the fabric is quite thin.
Facing and lining. The lining is a plain black cotton.
I've made a light summer dress just in time for the weather to turn grey, cold and a bit miserable!
The skirt lining is pleated rather than gathered like the main skirt.
Facings on the back neck.
Overall I'm quite happy with this dress and if I don't get wear out of it before summer ends maybe I can wear it with a shirt and tights for winter?
Fabric: $12.99/m from Lincraft, Melbourne City.
Notions: Navy blue invisible zip, navy blue thread
Pattern: Self drafted 'Blue Dress'
Total cost: Around $20
Did I learn anything new: No, but I had to search my memory for how to sew the right angle when joining the facing and lining on the front bodice detail.
Would I make it again: Yes, but I'd shorten the bodice and probably make a different skirt.