I'm a sewing enthusiast in Beacon, New York, with a love of all things retro. This site is all about tutorials, tips, inspiration, and lots of spirited discussion about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image, and gender. My first book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, is now out from STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books! Also look for my line "Patterns by Gertie" from Butterick.
Gosh, it's been so fun sharing the process of this dress with you that I almost don't want it to end! That's okay, there will be many more draping projects to come. So here it is, the finished dress. I made it up in a polka dot cotton faille from B&J. (Side note: did you know that faille is pronounced like nail "file"? I'd been pronouncing it FAIL, somewhat appropriately. You know, because I was FAILING at pronouncing it? Anyway!)
The empire line might be a smidge too high.
The back was certainly the hardest part to fit, but it came out fine, I think.
This picture shows the actual color of the fabric best, but it turned my skin a bit orange. Cameras are funny things, aren't they?
Unsolicited hair commentary: I've been playing around with this up-do. It's a slight bouffant in the front (helped with a bump-it) and a French twist in the back. I like it with my bangs down, like above, but they annoy me pretty quickly and I shove them behind my ear.
But back to sewing! I did a back lapped zipper for the first time, and I don't think I'll ever do a back centered zipper again. This went in so nicely. I hand-picked it, as you know I love to do.
I lined the bodice in cotton batiste. I ended up pick-stitching the lining around the zipper as well on a whim, and it worked really nicely!
The lining creates a sort of underlap for the zipper.
My draping teacher Sharon is coming over on Saturday and she's going to evaluate the fit of this for me. I told her to be brutal with me, but I don't think she has it in her. She (wisely) says that fitting is the only way to learn how to fit and that every garment I work on gets me closer to being an expert fitter. Isn't that inspirational? Sharon's the best.
I'm excited to use this pattern again - I'm thinking I'll pair the bodice with a circle skirt next.
So that wraps up this little draping series! Want to relive the fun? Here are links to the previous five parts.