A month or two ago I was perusing the Boden site. No good reason to be there mind you but there I was and there this was. It was love at first sight. Well almost. I didn't like the price tag one bit and I didn't love either color. I mean the burgundy is pretty but it felt too much like a just Christmas dress and while the mustard may float some or your boats it would make Emily look like a flu victim. I guess that could have been that but I also had the nagging feeling that I had seen a tutorial for something similar. Then I remembered the Starboard Skirt from Simple Simon and Co.
bow tie without the padding.
Here you can see it all flattened out and then I sewed it flat just inside the seam allowance so it wouldn't get wonky when I attached it to the bodice. The inspiration dress had little tucks in the back skirt but I decided to do gentle gathers for Emily's dress instead.
I hope you like it. I'm so glad I found the Simple Simon tutorial as a jumping point. I know my directions are not the best but I figured something was better then nothing. Hopefully, one day I will learn to make really nice precise tutorials. Until then I do enjoy rambling.
Stupid lesson learned during this project: You cannot just cut off the top of an invisible zipper and expect the facing to keep the zipper pull from coming off. This lead to having to ripe out a broken zipper and install a new one. In this case the new one is a slightly exposed and oh so trendy regular zipper. I think I'm going to add this as a new feature. Perhaps some of you will learn from my mistakes and I but most of you will get a good laugh from them.