Encouraged by the success of my Make Lounge dress I decided to make a maxi dress and chose Simplicity 2362. Like Miss Dibs I had seen the fabric display in John Lewis along with the pattern.
So I made my first ever toile. The bodice was quite difficult to fit and I ended up by taking out several inches around the top of the bra bit and in particular in the centre, leaving the fullest part of the bodice alone. I also decided the arm straps were not for me so I made a very simple strap just wide enough so I can wear an ordinary bra underneath.
So here it is, another dodgy photo!
The good bits: I was very pleased with the fit. It took quite a bit of time to get there but I think it works well. I love the pockets – other bloggers have made similar comments – before I made the dress I was thinking why all the fuss about the pockets but actually they are very nice.
The bad bits: Unfortunately I couldn’t get my invisible zipper to go in invisibly. I now realise that the sewing shop in Ipswich sold me a foot which is just too light to work properly. At the time I thought it was just me. Also, again, I used quilting fabric which is a bit stiff so the dress sticks out a bit at the front. If I were to make it again I’d use a much lighter cotton to get a more bohemian, drapey effect.