Well I made this dress up in December, but have not had time to post anything on it.
Can I just say that I love this dress. I have already worn it 3 times!!
This is the Jessica Dress from Mimi G:
I know she has the bottom open in her picture, but as seen from the drawing, you can do buttons all the way down like I did.
Mimi also has a sewing tutorial on this on You Tube, which I used, but her instructions are so great that I didn’t really need the video.
I did everything via PDF. I have a lunch hour to kill, so I usually don’t mind printing up PDF patterns and cutting and taping on my lunch. (I live too far to drive home and back and trying to stay away from fast food, lol).
It didn’t take long to put this dress together.
The fabric was this great Black/Blueberry 100% Rayon Snakeskin Print Crep from Fabric Mart. I was a little thin, so I did underline the top with the same material for the bodice part.
I love the sweetheart neckline which I think is very flattering. I also love the princess seams.
I had to gather the skirt by hand (per instructions), but I am seriously considering getting a gathering for my machine, does anyone know if that works better?
Or Clover has this Fuse ‘n Gather that is supposed to work well. Has anyone tried this? I might have to give it a go. Right now Amazon has it for $12.39 and it’s Prime if you have that. Looks like has 3 1/2 stars out of 5 so I am not sure.
Anyway, as usually I taped the PDF together and did flat comparison measurements to see if I needed any adjustments. Surprisingly, I didn’t need any!!! Win-Win.
I did grade it. I did about a medium for the upper bust and graded out to an XL for the hips. But I like that since it is not so tight, I think I had some wiggle room.
This came together so easy. However, when it came time for the hemming, the dress was longer than I wanted so I chopped off about 4 inches off the hem.
I think it turned out great and so comfortable to wear. And yes, that is the Georgia turtleneck that I made as well. Goes great to really show off the ruffles.
I like that it fits the body, but it is not super tight. I also like the black belt that I put on the mannequin on the 1st picture, but the belt didn’t look so good on me. The belt is a medium and I am about an XL right now.
On to the next make!!