Before I get to any sewing, I want to say a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who commented on my last post with lots of good wishes for a speedy recovery to my back problems. I am being careful, slowly healing, diligently doing my exercises. Surely I speak for many when I say that through a year of blogging I now have some wonderful friends in all corners of the globe and it would be so great to meet in person. If only! And go fabric shopping!
This is one of my all-time favorite fabric choices. You know I love the super-colorful but my sister pointed out that for other people who may not be as color crazy as I am but want a print or some color, the 2-color or one bold color on white is a good option. I think she is correct since this fabric was snapped up pretty quickly.
Of couse I put pockets in it. The pattern is New Look 6457 with a few tweaks, such as much thinner, wide-set straps to give it a retro look.
This summer I have altered a few J.Crew strapless dresses and they all have the inside elastized back strap which helps with the fit and maybe keeps someone from a wardrobe malfunction. I really dislike strapless dresses but that is a topic for another day. So I added the inside back strap to this dress to try it out and I am really happy with it, I don't know why this is not included on patterns, such an easy addition. This version is not particularly beautiful but I made it on the fly - next time it will look a little better. I attached it by stitching in the side seam through all layers (dress plus lining) from the outside, the stitching is hidden and it makes it very secure.
This pattern has a nice shape across the top of the bodice and an attached facing that creates that pleat across the front. I used the same pattern last year on my Floral Dress for a Sunny Day. As I did on that dress the front facing was changed to 2 pieces, and is sewed into the side seam.
The SunnyGal garden photo was included in my first photo - the crepe myrtle trees in shades of pink. So instead a look at my newish sandals - I really like them, but due to my back issues they will only get out for photo shoots, 5 minutes at the most. I bought them on a whim, silvery-bronze on cork wedges. Oh well, next summer. Plus you get a peek at my lovely tennis-sock tan lines.
Happy Summer Sewing, Beth