So, continuing on with my "dress a weekend", here is New Look 6748 (bodice), with New Look 6936 (bottom) and New Look 6803 (belt).
What, this color combo looks familiar, you say? It's not to be confused with this dress from a few weeks back:
First I tackled the bodice. This pattern was really calling out to use a contrast yoke, don't you think? I held up the yoke to my body and modified the V to not be so deep:
I also cut the yoke on the center fold, so I folded the pattern over by its seam allowance on the CF. I understitched the yoke lining to give it a nice "roll".
It didn't seem quite symmetrical when I sewed the bodice sides on (as below), so I restitched this
I don't think it's any more symmetrical now. However, the good news is I didn't need to do an SBA! Woo!
The back has a yoke too that is supposed to be topstitched as well as the front yoke. I topstitched the back yoke but hated it and ripped that out. Also, somehow my back yoke didn't match with my back bodice: I just trimmed that extra bit off.
I hated the binding treatment for the armholes--as it stands, one of them has the binding treatment and the other is just folded over and stitched down. It'll be our secret, ok?
Then it came time to attach the skirt of the dress. The directions are to cut out a casing strip of fabric and sew that to the bottom of the bodice, and then sew the skirt to the casing. That seemed like a lot of work and bulk to me...plus they wanted me to cut a HUGE casing and a HUGE skirt and then gather the edges so that it would become some giant big pouffy gathered skirt. That wasn't what I had in mind.
So I got out the dress pattern from New Look 6936 (last weekend's bright green dress) and cut the fabric to match the bottom width of the bodice--I mean, the skirt is a few inches wider than 6936 but no where near as full as the 6748 dress pattern called for.
I did a sway back adjustment on the skirt piece though it could have used even more of a sway back adjustment when it was all said and done.
Then I treated it like 6936--sewed the skirt to the bodice, trimmed the seam allowance on the skirt, sewed the bodice seam allowance down to the skirt, thus creating the casing for the elastic (I did not use the elastic/drawstring/buttonhole combo of 6748):
I thought it looked kind of baggy when it was done:
And then I remembered the obi-ish belt of New Look 6803. So I made that--it was a real cobbled effort using scraps of turquoise double knit--in fact, two different pieces of turquoise double knit!
So then it became this:
Though it does look a little apron-stringy in the back
but if I tie the ties in the front (like I'm supposed to) I don't like how it looks:
So, tied in the back it is. I might cut the ties to make them shorter. Also, the yoke is interfaced with bi-stretch interfacing for knits; but I don't think it needed it? Also in these pix the yoke is showing the puckering of the gathering but in real life I don't think the gathering on the turquoise is all that noticeable.
And here's the side view:
Wow, that took a long time to make. Almost as long as the red wrap dress, which I think was more complicated than this dress.
Next weekend I want to make the very simple dress from New Look 6922 and the very simple shirt from 6981.