Styling, from head to feet (and apart from the dress, which is detailed further in this post) :
Hair flowers, one from Claire’s, the other (a tiger orchid) from www.paradirama.com
Necklace and bamboo tiles, Hawaiian-themed bracelet : www.paradirama.com
Ring-watch : Claire’s
Shoes : Siesta, from the Miss L Fire S/S 12 collection
Handbag : Black Roses, bought from Rock à Gogo in Nantes, but is going to pieces and seriously needs to be replaced.
Pattern : Colette Patterns Crepe.
Fabric : Alexander Henry’s black « Corazones » cotton fabric for the skirt, plus some plain black cotton for the top (from my local fabric store – because I didn’t have enough of the latter to make the whole dress in it) and red microfiber for the waist ties. Plus some fusible interfacing.
Notions : none, as this dress has no closures to sew.
Any difficulties ? None whatsoever, though I was at first daunted by how many patterns pieces there were ! But it all went allright, and on the whole I’m quite pleased with the result. I made 2 muslins. After I did the 1st I incidentally fell over Gertie's Crepe Sew-Along posts...and found out the back of the bodice was gaping. So I made a 2nd, and used these measures for the finished dress.
I just stupidly screwed up the easisest part – the hem – because my sewing machine started fooling around. I finally succeeded in sewing my hem but did a really poor job of it…but hey, seam-rippers are our best friends, aren’t they ? Nothing there that cannot be fixed I think.
Wear again ? A soon as the hem is fixed, yes I will! And maybe I should do some sort of finish on the inner seams, which are currently just zig-zag stitched to prevent them from fraying.
Make again ? Totally, I already have fabric ideas to make another one. More on that in the next post.
And now a view of the back :