I'm really not sure if I like this dress or not. I think I like in theory, but not in practicality. For example, I like the sleeves with the elasticised edge, but I don't like their length. I like the gathering on the neckline, but I don't like how you need a lot more bust than I will ever possess to fill it out. I like the cute, sassy length, but it's certainly not keeping me warm. And I do like to be warm. I like, no scratch that, I love the fabric (Liberty wool/cotton, ooooh!) but I'm not sure I'm liking the fact that I cut it up for this project.
All in all, I just can't figure out if this dress and I are going to be friends.
Pattern: Simplicity 2406
Fabric: 1.6m Liberty Wool/Cotton in Fujio Black from Tessuti Fabrics
Notions: 40cm (16") invisible zip, elastic for sleeve gathers, interfacing.
Modifications made: I got rid of the centre back facing, as all it seemed to do was add bulk to the zip. However, if you were making the open back version, you would still need to use it. I made my sleeve casings much smaller, and used 1cm wide elastic for the sleeve gathers. I didn't make the tie, because I didn't realise when I bought my fabric that the fabric required wasn't included in the yardage - it is specified further down the back of the envelope. For some reason that lack of clarity really got my goat.
So far I'm feeling rather meh about this dress. And I don't wanna feel meh about something I put hours into, darn it! I'm very much hoping that it grows on me, or to the op shop it shall go!