|Turquoise Taylor Dress from FredFlare.com, pictured on the one and only Taylor Swift|
I saw this dress for sale on FredFlare.com (before I'd even found ModCloth.com, gasp!), and was instantly drawn to the cute, retro silhouette, that easily translated into a very wearable modern outfit. I eventually pinned it (yes, this was before I'd discovered Pinterest) to my sewing inspiration board, and there the inspiration languished for quite some time. I had a lightweight cotton blend in my fabric stash that was approximately the right color, but I always seemed to be just a little bit more inspired by other projects to make this one happen.
Well, finally, a few weeks ago, I just went for it and cut this dress out, using New Look 6723. It has the similar neckline and princess seamed bodice, as well as a medium-full gathered skirt. I even had a recently-thrifted teal vintage zipper in dress length, so it' really seemed like the time was right! Here's how my version turned out.
I'd sewn this up with the idea that I could wear it to an upcoming wedding, but now that it's completed, I think the fabric is too casual and every-day for that, even though the neckline is a bit more interesting and could be seen as more formal.
Things I'd do next time when making this dress are:
- Omit the curves from the neckline and go for straight lines, more like the inspiration photo
- If I do keep the curved neckline, actually try when understitching the lining, so it doesn't look irregular & wobbly
- Cut a size smaller in the bodice so the princess seam lines actually fall where they should
- Take a half inch off the shoulders where the front & back pieces meet, and smooth out the transition there, better - I'd had to chop some off of the already finished seam there and it looks a little weird.
All in all, this dress is definitely not my best work, but it's very wearable and I'm ok with it! Mainly, just glad it's finished. I have already managed to wear it for Me-Made-May, so you'll see another photo soon. :)