First, a little about the dress. I really wanted to design something that was meant for a variety of occasions, and could be dressed up or down with different fabrics. Sleeves were important, since this is an everyday winter dress.
There are gathered front darts, which provides some visual interest and can also be very flattering.
Plus underarm gussets so the kimono sleeves have a nice close fit. Here's a tutorial on this type of gusset. You can use organza or scrap fabric to stabilize the point of the gusset.
There's a back lapped zipper.
The skirt has six gathered sections and is slightly flared. I'm wearing a chiffon petticoat underneath for a little fullness.
The fabric is an apparel sateen that's easy to sew but has a nice drape. I punched it up with some pink suede heels and a little pink brooch.
And a pink faux fur stole, just because.
Oh! A second pair of new glasses. These are Kate Spade and I got them at BJs for a good deal.
Next up in the fall fabric frenzy: the B6285 box pleat skirt in this grey floral sateen. And of course the wrap top sew-along!