So for Easter, I set out to make a Boden inspired dress. I used a quilting cotton I found on fabric.com, and New Look 6205, which is a new pattern. Here is the result:
This is a raglan sleeve dress with a pleated skirt. I liked that the pleats allowed for a fuller skirt without being gathered. The sleeves provided for a bit of coverage without being puffy. I love the pattern details and I love the resulting dress!
The process was a little weird. The bodice is lined, but the sleeves aren't! Because it's not really a full lining, you have to finish the neckline with bias tape. I'm not super experienced with lining garments, but this seems a little odd to me. Why not just figure out how to line the whole thing? I didn't really spend the time to figure it out myself, either. In fact, it was a little confusing how to sew the lining in. You sew it along the raglan seams, with the lining right side facing the sleeve wrong side and the bodice right side.
|I'm trying to muster up the energy to repress that center pleat.|
The directions called for sewing the skirt to the bodice and lining so the raw edges would be showing inside the garment. I thought that was a little silly, so I slip stitched the lining to the bodice/skirt seam allowance, and it looks clean and should feel comfortable.
One thing I haven't figured out how to do is really finish the sleeve seams. These are two-piece sleeves so that you get a really nice curve on the top. But it seems like you'd need to clip the seams, which are then left raw because they aren't lined. How would you finish clipped seams? One on sleeve, I zig-zaged the seam allowance and then clipped notches. On the other, I clipped notches and then zig-zagged. I can't remember which one I liked better.
I also knit her a sweet little cardigan.
It's probably a little bit bigger than it needs to be, but then it will fit all summer. I still need to sew on buttons before I can call it done and write a review of it. Buttons will always be the death of me.
I'm really excited for her to wear her new dress and sweater! Since she'll have to share attention with a baby soon, I wanted her to feel special in a new dress. She'll be three in a month, and she's really starting to get into telling people, "My momma made this for me!" So I might have the messiest house in the zip code, but hey, I made a cute dress.