The birthday dress actually got finished just in time for my weekend away.
After blogging about the skirt I decided on this lovely pattern for the bodice. The vintage style just seemed to compliment the poodles!
Using a plain cotton to line I used this to make up & fit first. The pattern made up true to measurement (learn valuable lesson from past experience to make to body measurement not retail dress size) and the only adjustment made was to take a little fullness out of bra cup by increasing size of top dart on lining &increasing side gathers on outer fabric.
Keeping the button detail on the top section, a zip was prick stitched into skirt; hand stitching ment I could enjoy some sunny rays at the same time🌞 I always find cutting the button holes scary so love this tip I read somewhere about putting pin at end so you don’t accidentally cut to far.
This is a pattern that is going to be reused on a regular basis. Only issue I had was the front bodice bagging under bust as fabric in gathers hung down but this was easily sorted by stitching the fabric & lining together along the centre front seam.
Overall I love the dress although I do need to make a fuller petticoat to show off the skirt shape & was pleasantly surprised to get compliments from strangers walking down the street☺️. As it was a little chilly I didn’t brave removing my jacket outside for a pic but I felt suitably dressed for my birthday treat at the fantastic Hutong Resturant, amazing food with a view to match.