I love the way this dress turned out, but I think there's definitely room for improvement fit-wise. There's a tiny bit of gaping on the neckline. I stay-stitched the neck edge to prevent stretching. With the delicate curved sweetheart neckline, it's prone to stretching and distortion, and although I thought I was careful, I wonder whether I may have stretched it out of shape. The waist darts have somehow creeped up right into the bust point. Next time I will lower those darts and raise the neckline a tad. So that's the bodice. The skirt is an entirely different story. It does not fit well at all. I mean, it's ok, and I would wear it out but it's far from a perfect fit for me. It needs to be taken in on the hips and the back darts lowered. Either that or lengthen the waist to hip distance. I'm definitely not a pear shape so I don't know why I didn't fit the skirt at all. I think the pattern said A-line skirt and I thought it's relatively free in the hip anyways so I won't bother changing it. It turns out to be a bit more of a roomy straight skirt that bulges at the hip! I think next time I'll make it with a half circle skirt or the Lonsdale dress skirt pattern. I love the drape of the Lonsdale dress skirt
Here's a pic of my not so invisible zipper! I'll do better next time I hope. Perhaps if I had a black one it wouldn't be visible.
There are drag lines in this bodice that need to be smoothed out. If anyone has any fitting suggestions, please let me know!
I enjoyed sewing the lining then turning it under and pressing it neatly. That was definitely the fun part. I also love the technique of sewing the lining to the zipper first.
Here's the inside lining. Nice soft cotton batiste.
I'm looking forward to making a second Cambie dress and perfect the fit. But for now, I'm going to put on this dress and go to dinner!