Spring dress

Although we didn’t have winter this year, one way to note the change of seasons is to sew new clothes. I bought  enough of this printed cotton lawn for a cute shirtwaist dress. Going through my patterns I decided to combine these two.P1010565Pattern on the left for skirt, pattern on the right for top.  I wanted pleats,  not gathering in the skirt. I had to lengthen the top down to the waist. I also knew I’d be inserting a side zipper.Shirtwaist dress

 I need to get better at this photography, move away from the tree, readjust the clothes better. But now I’m too lazy for a re-shoot, so here it is. the finished dress.back viewThe skirt called for two pockets, I put in one since there is a zipper on the left side.flowingIt has a lovely flow, the skirt swings.Inside as nice as the outsideI lined the whole dress. The front panels needed self-lining because of the collar, I used plain white because I had it one had. I could have bound the armholes separately but I felt the skirt needed lining because it is simply too sheer, so might as well line the whole thing.

close up of buttons
Buttons anchor the placket, but no button holes.

Had these cute buttons that match the green in the print.P1010607I am loving the evenness of my machine stitches, as well as the clarity of this photograph.

All in all, a lovely new spring dress, I am having so much fun using the new machine. Many more projects on the way.


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