I've had this dress done for quite a while now. I thought that I wouldn't have a chance to take pictures of it until next spring/summer, since it is currently 39º outside. :) But our family decided to take a vacation in Hilton Head Island earlier this month and so I figured the beach would be a perfect place to take pictures.
We went there at mid-day, so the sun was shining full down on us, which made for *ahem* rather interesting squinty smiles and challenging for my sister photographer, but she is just so amazing that she could still take great photos, even in full sun. :)
Here's the front. I'm standing on the steps up to the dunes house. We've been going to Hilton Head Island since before I was born, so these steps have a lot of memories attached to them!
And there's the back.
I used Butterick Pattern #5209, with (of course) some small alterations. I raised the neckline, curved the empire seam, rather than having it come to a point. I also made a different skirt, because I didn't want gathers at the waist, and I eliminated a few seams on the bodice. The fabric is 100% rayon.
I got up early, did my hair and make-up, but I guess I could have stayed in bed, as far as the hair was concerned. It was SO windy that it pretty much looked like a mess as soon as I stepped on the beach!
You can see a little more of the bodice detailing in this photo, though the busy print makes it rather hard to see the seams.
The sleeve seam - I'm loving the angle of it!
Neck-notch! Retro patterns are SUCH fun!
*This actually was one of the hardest parts of the dress to sew - the notch came our crooked a few times before I finally got it right! :)*
Splashing in the ocean (notice the way my sister captured the water splashing on my leg)
And this is on the other end of the dunes house
So there's my latest creation! Lots of other outfits are swimming around in my head, so I'll be back with more sewing adventures sometime soon!