I chose a polyester that I bought at my local Spotlight. I always hesitate using polyesters but I did really like the print so I forged ahead. The pattern itself was pretty easy to sew up. It has no darts, no zipper and no sleeves. All things you that can take up a bit of time to make sure you get right. There was a bit of gathering on the shoulders to conted with, but really all in all it wasn't too challenging. My only gripe was having to finish off the edges of the layers. I did a rolled hem on the layers and not having the sewing machine foot to do this it was fiddly and took a lot of time. I did sew up the belt but to be honest I think a sturdier belt suits this pattern better, maybe a leather one. I added in belt carriers - first ones I ever did! I didn't follow a way of doing them and just plaited thread and then hand sewed them into the sides of the waistline. It is something I will need to investigate further in my sewing books and learn how to do properly. The waist on this dress is quite low (bit similar to a 1920's drop waist dress) which you may want to adjust depending on how you want to wear it. I contemplated adding more length to it like I do with most dresses but I think the layering would just look a bit off if I did that.
The main thing I can say about this dress is that it is BIG. I've never sewn up a dress before where there was so much room around the waist. I appreciate that it is a zip free dress so you couldn't make something fitted as you wouldn't get it on but this is a dress that certainly meets the 'billowing' criteria. I cut out a size 10 for myself and Sherry but I could have easily cut out a size 8. There may have been an element of me not being used to having something so loosely fitted around the waist, as my waist is something I typically highlight. I DO like the outcome, and I have worn this dress a few times - but just be prepared!
After sewing up a dress for me I started on Sherry's. I really like how Sherry's turned out and think the blues really suit her. Having sewn up two of these dresses, the pattern will return to my storage chest and may not see the light of day for a while. Til next time!
Sherry looking gorgeous!