I made this dress in the run up to Christmas as I wanted something Wintery and a little bit folky to wear to parties and for crisp morning walks in the park. The pattern is New Look's # 6224 and (as you can see from the pattern envelope) I was totally inspired by the photo on the front with regards to my fabric selection! I chose 'Bourton' - a classic paisley Liberty print 100% cotton fabric in the fiery orange, red and blue colourway. This is the first dress I've made in years so I just took my time and did little bits here and there. The Bourton print is very detailed so super forgiving - all my seams and darts are pretty much invisible! Whilst the print is directional, once the fabric is gathered and draped that's all much of a muchness so I didn't worry about matching the pattern on the seams. I'm so pleased with how it turned out!
The neckband and sleeves are finished with bias binding which, now I know how to use it, is my favourite thing! It leaves such a neat, crisp edge and is super easy to manipulate.
For this project, instead of cutting out the paper pattern I bought some very sheer interfacing fabric and made a copy by placing the interfacing over the top of the paper pattern (after ironing it of course!) and tracing the lines with a soft pencil. The lady in John Lewis who sold me the interfacing disapproved of my methods and tried very, very hard to sell me pattern tracing paper instead but as this was only the second or third garment I've ever made, I was happy to throw money at the situation (about £15) and get the interfacing. I found it so much easier to work with when it came to pinning and cutting the fabric as it moves and drapes along with the fabric underneath and grips it nicely.
The pattern has four variations featuring the same bodice and skirt with different sleeves and neckbands. I can definitely see myself making this dress again and again so I'm glad to have a more robust version of the pattern to work from (paper patterns usually prove just too tempting for Toby).
This was my first attempt at inserting an invisible zipper! Pretty cool huh?