I’ve narrowed down my pattern choices to just two. I’m torn because they both have their pros and cons. Please help me choose.
Hollywood 822 is super cute and I love the scalloped waistline that is echoed at the scalloped collar. However, I have had a hard time with dropped waistlines in the past. I can fit the muslin bodice perfectly, but once the skirt is added, the bodice gets pulled down and the waist is no longer fitted. They have turned out looking like 80’s Gunne Sax dresses.
On the other hand, Hollywood 1089 on the right, might not be wearable at work. If you’ve never worked in a fabric store, you may not be aware of how much physical labor is involved, even more so than a typical retail job. My Tiramisu dress doesn’t get much wear at work because I can only wear it with a camisole, adding an extra layer of heat. They ac/heating is broken and it is constantly blowing hot air all year round. I don’t think I’d want a wrap dress that would require a full slip to protect my modesty at work. The question then being, am I willing to spend time sewing a dress I can’t wear to work. I’ll have to think on that.
A few months ago, we got some wonderful cotton into the shop that was an exact match of a vintage dress that I saw on Etsy. I picked up enough to make either of these two dresses. I had a hard time getting the color right in pictures. The background is a cornflower blue and the birds are a bright teal.
I also have another FO to share. I made another Simplicity 1410 suspender skirt. I tweaked the fit a bit and struggled with matching the plaid. It was a pain but I’m glad I did it. This poor skirt is almost a wardrobe orphan. I have no long sleeve tops to wear with it. I must focus on winter sewing.
This is how I ended up wearing it.