I chose a Japanese tana lawn to make the dress out of. It was really a bit of a knock off of Liberty tana lawn, but a true Liberty fan knows the difference. It helps when you buy a fabric 150cm wide for this pattern given the type of skirt you get more bang for your buck. It isn’t a full circle skirt but a happy medium if you want a bit of swing to your skirt. Tana lawn was quite a good choice of fabric for this given it was nice and lightweight to wear, and great for hot days. I was weary of the halter neck in this pattern given the style at which its formed – the bodice back shoulder straps extend to the front and join with the fabric overlapping the front band. I thought it might look bulky or not sit just right, but it really did. I do recommend hand stitching down the halter neck just so it doesn’t shift as you move and stays in centre. When I was making this dress I actually thought it would be a great evening dress with the right fabric so I aim to make this again and may even do a pattern mash up and try it with a pencil skirt bottom. I lined it with the same fabric as the bodice given it isn’t a thick fabric. I also opted for an invisible zipper down the left hand side of the dress rather than a traditional zipper. I just think on this occasion it sits more flush than a traditional one might have. I’m also so used to invisible zippers it would be strange to do anything else! I did my usual grading and let it out a bit around the waist. I cut out a size 10 and graded it out to a 12 around the waist otherwise the fit was great. I also opted to shorten it a little as I normally do so that it sits just under my knees. I hemmed the skirt using a blind hem stitch.
When I look at the photos of this dress I am reminded of the day Sherry took the photos of me in the dress. We did our first shoot where we opted for a pretty high traffic area – The Rocks on George St in Sydney. It is a bit of a tourist hub and it was quite funny how many people had a gawk to see what we were doing. Everyone was quite complimentary though, and mentioned my Mad Men style. So I can’t complain!
If you can get your hands on this pattern and you like a bit of vintage style, go for it! I have it in my stash ready and waiting for another incarnation.