I decided to go the extra mile and stretch my sewing skills while making this dress. I opted to include the front split, although I chose quite a conservative length to be more age appropriate. (I kinda wish I made it a little bit higher now, because it is hardly even noticeable unless I stick my leg right out).
The bodice is completely lined which eliminated those annoying facings and I used french seams on the skirt panels.(This is the first time I have sewn french seams). I hand stitched the hems on the front split and I also hand stitched the seam allowances down on the centre back seam (because this seam had to be pressed open due to the invisible zip). I also hand stitched the hem on the skirt and the bodice lining at the sleeve edges and the waist line.
Here are some closer details:
|Front tucks match skirt seams|
|Invisible zip with hook and eye at the top.|
|Inside back bodice and skirt.|
|Inside side front showing seam with split.|
|Hand stitched hem on front split.|
|Hand stitching seam allowance down on centre back seam.|
This is how I did my french seams on the skirt panels:
|Sew seam, fabric wrong sides together. Use width of presser foot as a guide.|
|Trim off half of seam allowance. Press seam allowance to one side. Open out fabric and fold back over seam allowance and press.|
|Sew seam again (using width of presser foot as a guide), this time with right sides of fabric together and seam allowance encased in seam.|
I have already worn my "Cocktail Outfit" to my work Christmas Party and it was a hit. I received some lovely compliments, and had a fabulous time. Hope you are all having a happy festive season, and are managing to squeeze some sewing in too.