Here's my review at PR.
Please forgive the lopsided pics, Little Miss Princess was playing Little Miss Photographer tonite! She getting good at knowing how much of the outfit I need in the frame. "Just the dress, right Mom???" And, yes... it is HOT here. 90 today, tomorrow, and Sunday. A/C and swimming, that how we roll.
I could've place the back skirt piece on the fold, since the closure is not a full back zipper (as I assumed before reading the instructions more closely), but matched the embroidery pattern at both sides and the center back to it would be continuous.
It's much dressier than I anticipated, maybe it's the sheen of the cotton, so I need a fancy place to wear this to. Maybe a nice dinner out with the sewing girls while I'm in New York?
I'm not a huge fan of gathers in the front ("Oh! How far along are you???" are the words I fear being asked), but I really wanted a sundress that would work with a border print, and I thought it had a closer fit in the waist, but it's actually pretty comfortable. The fabric is an Anna Sui cotton from Ressy's co-op. 2 yards, and I used every inch of it! Even the 3 little squares I had left, which became the belt!
Speaking of the belt... I cut around the 3 linked squares, leaving about 1/4", which I folded over and hand-stitched down. I then cut a similar sized piece from the scrap leftovers, and found some fusible Timtex in the craft closet (I have a few "fabric bowls" in my past). I sandwiched the timtex between the embroidery and the backing, using lots of heat and pressure. When it cooled, I just (very closely) trimmed away the excess, then stitched two embroidered "circles" from the scraps on the ends for the grosgrain ribbon to pass through. Voila! A matching belt, which also help bring some definition to the waist area. I'm thinking that a navy shrug/bolero/cardigan will help stretch the usefulness of this piece, but I don't want to hide the cute little belt!
Now, I really, really have to get to work on the muslins for NYC!!! No more distractions! Yeah, right...
Non-sewing comment of the day: Tooth fairy is visiting my house AGAIN tonite, and Little Miss Princess has a big gaping hole in the front of her mouth to prove it! All 4 front teeth have disappeared, with 1 peeking out from the gum on the bottom. Time to go dig out the "Tooth Fairy Pillow" that once upon a time, was mine. So glad that I saved it for my daughter...