After seeing the new patterns release by New Look, I just had to make this dress:
I was a little concerned about the excess ease, and even cute a smaller size than I normally would. Unfortunately I still ended up with a very boxy look:
After consulting DH, and getting the comment "I like it, but it's definitely not as flattering as what you normally wear." He was right, of course, so it was necessary to do some alterations.
The alterations were pretty simple. I took in the side seams 3/8", and used my french curve to take in an additional inch at the waist.
I ended up with a very functional and pretty dress:
Pattern: New Look 6715, Dress, View A.
Fabric: Three yards of silky print from Joann's, 1-1/4 yards of lace.
Alterations: I opted for 3/4 sleeves instead of full sleeves, so I cut the pattern piece for the sleeves from View B and disregarded the flounces. I also used 1/2" wide lace for around the v-neck instead of 1" wide.
I also altered the way in which the dress is sewn together. I decided to give Sandra Betzina's flat sleeve insertion from Power Sewing a try since I seem to still be struggling with sleeve insertion in the round. After sewing the shoulder seams and prior to sewing the side seams: I hemmed off the sleeves, gathered the sleeve caps with ease stitches, pinned and sewed them to the dress. Then I sewed the side seams all the way from the bottom of the dress to the hem of the sleeve. This worked like a charm! I have no pin tucks at the shoulders, except for where they occur naturally in the fabric. I can't wait to try this technique again.
Cost: The fabric was $4.99 a yard, $14.97. Lace was $2.99/yd, $3.74. The pattern was $3.99. Total - $22.70.
Impressions: I am very happy with the final dress. Bringing in the side seams and making the curved alteration at the waist made all the difference. I had the challenge of sewing on the lace to the neckline, and it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. There are side-slits (which did not show up in the picture all that well), but this little detail just "adds a little something" to the garment. The v-neck is very plunging, but it too is a very cute detail, and nothing that a camisole can't handle (and especially useful in a very cold workplace). I would definitely make this dress again, with the same alterations of course!