Pink butterflies…

There is so much black in my wardrobe, I love it but sometimes you just have to brighten up! 

So here goes with pink. I love the weight of this cotton fabric & the pretty butterfly print. I bought it a while back from Fabricland and been trying to decide what to make with it ever since. 

  
Decision made. The Simplicity 1420 gives a variation of beautifully shaped dresses. I love the structured midriff section and opted for the faux wrap top of view E 

Just one change made. I moved the zip to the side seam, purely for personnel preference as I find it easier to fit during construction without a back opening & easier to do up myself when finished! With this change I cut the centre back section as normal but cut the back midriff as one piece, marking the seam allowance on centre back edge & placing this line on the fabric fold. 

  

Having made a toile from the lining fabric I was happy with fit across the front but the back stuck out at the neck and across the shoulder blades.  The shoulder strap sat at the correct position so the adjustment was made by increasing the seam allowance on the top of the centre back, grading down to the original seam line at the bottom. 

 
I found the best way of getting the folds correct on the midrif section was to mark out on the wrong side with chalk before pinning & basting.  

 
I did make the mistake of doing the pleats before joining the midriff sections together. I didn’t realised I’d done that wrong until I’d joined it to the bodice & was topstitching the pleats down. I should have unpicked but managed to work around the seam so got away with it. That will teach me to concentrate when reading instructions.

 
Construction complete & dressed tried on I liked the length it was so reduced the hem allowance to a minimum. Machine stitching instead of slip stitching 

So that’s my very pink butterfly dress. I love the style although I think when I make again I would like to try and make the back neckline lower, possibly into a v shape. As for the colour, I like it…not sure I love it but it’s growing on me😃 

   

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