The dress is five inches too short for my taste. A hem line flounce will add four inches of length to the dress so I will simply lengthen the dress front and back one inch. Since the pattern has only three pattern pieces and I have done my fit work, I anticipate the sewing will take only three hours.
I cut the dress first in a $5.99/yard Donna Karan remnant found at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, Illinois. The bolt did not list the fiber content, and my guess is a 60" wide rayon/acetate blend. I constructed the dress seams with a 4 thread over lock. The flounces were hemmed with a narrow rolled edge on the over lock. If I didn't own a serger, I would use french seams for the side seams. I would run a ribbon along the flounce edges. You could turn under a 1/4" hem on the flounces but you will be hemming for a few hours. The assembly order is:
- Stitch the eight darts; press to center front or center back
- Stitch the side seams
- Stitch the sleeve underarm seam
- Join the sleeve to the armhole
- Stitch the center back seam from hem to bottom of zipper
- Insert invisible zipper
- Neckline casing
- Sleeve hem casing
- Hem and attach flounces
- Final press
I spent 15 minutes cutting out the three pattern pieces, and 2.5 hours sewing the dress. Then I spent 45 minutes hand sewing a beaded trim above each flounce. Here is the result:
I love prints but you will seldom see one on this website because prints are difficult to photograph well. This dress would be great in a print.
If you have just a few hours for sewing, consider trying this pattern!
A word about shoes: For decades you would have seen these dresses styled with black shoes. The current trend is to wear nude shoes. Find a shade that matches your skin tone well.