Having a mid-June event to go to and only a heavier cotton dress to wear, what can a woman do but make a brand new dress? By this point, I was dying to make another dress.
This was a mish-mash of patterns. Simplicity 4551 (on right) for the bodice, Simplicity 4900 (center) for the sleeves, and the skirt directions from Laughing Moon #114 (on left).
The fabric is a sinfully soft lightweight, nearly sheer cotton that I found at Joann Fabrics. It was nice and light during the event.
This dress closes with hooks and eyes down the front. The bodice and sleeves are lined and the lining rolled up on the sleeves so it shows like a cuff. Ruched trim was added to hide where the two fabrics meet. As I worked, I forgot to add an inch to the waist (Simplicity is 1" too short there for me) so I used more lining material to lengthen it, more ribbon concealing the joining and looking like a thin belt almost. The ribbon at the collar extends beneath it only an inch or two. The skirt was cartridge pleated like the other dress. There is a placket at the skirt opening for modesty (who really wants to see my petticoats during an event? Aside from other costumers I mean!) and there is one pocket set into the side right seam.
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