It's still in progress. It totally needs the belt on me. Trust me (or dig around my twitter photos and you'll see what it looks like without the belt). There is a pattern for an obi-type belt with piping but maybe I'll just use the purchased belt I have. I mean, I love piping, but this belt works really well with this dress!
Ok, what do you think, should it have a split sort of v-neck like below...
Or a floppy folded-over "collar" (one of the views actually has buttons sewn on to this folded-over neckline):
Here is a close-up view:
Here's the side view.
And if you enjoy construction photos, here are some truly in-progress shots:
The points of the V's matching:
Currently, the darts are not the same length, ha ha! Not totally sure how that happened as I was pretty careful with transferring the darts.
As you can see, there's a lot of matching going on--matching the points of the V's in the front then matching with the CF pleat, matching the darts in the back, even matching on the side seam at the horizontal waist line (no pic of that). I used Amanda's trick from her invisible zipper tutorial where she just sews the area where the match is to occur, checks it, then if it isn't lining up, just rips out the stitching in that area (as opposed to sewing the whole seam, finding out the seams aren't matching, and ripping out the whole seam). So smart, and such a time saver!
This dress is supposed to have a zipper but since I used a double knit, I didn't insert one and am able to get it over my head. (The pattern is meant for a woven...but saw that at least one other person used a double knit without serious consequences...)
So, I still need to :
- install facings and decide on V neck or folded over collar?
- sleeveless or cap sleeves?
- fix the uneven back dart length
Be well and good night!