There is nothing like a bold floral print. Perfect complement to a fit and flare silhouette. Summer time is a great time to show off a pretty floral dress. In summer I want to look my best and be as comfortable as possible. I really appreciate a cotton dress during this time of year. Chicago and the surrounding areas are hot and steamy.
This is the first dress I finished this month. I started on it about two weeks ago. But did not hem it until Saturday night.
I couldn't make up my mind on how long to make it. So I cut the skirt tea length so I would have the options of keeping it long or making it shorter. The skirt is self drafted if you want to call it that. With the fabric being 60 inches wide, I just cut two rectangles the desired length. Then cut one in half ( 2 back skirts) and used the other piece for the front skirt. The skirt was gathered to fit the waist of the bodice.
Last year, I had planned to make a few dresses using New Look 6184, but I never got around to it. So this year, it became a high priority to at least get one dress made using this pattern. The C view of the bodice was already fitted. So I was able to go right to cutting out the dress.
My fit changes:
- FBA, with the new bust dart rotated into the neckline pleats.
- Lengthen by 1" (front and back)
- Sway back Adjustment
- Prominent shoulder adjustment with a dart added to the neckline.
It comes in sizes 8 to 18. I used size 14 with the list modifications above. Nothing difficult about the instructions or the sewing construction.
Instead of using the neck facings, I lined the entire dress with a yellow broadcloth from JoAnn's. To reduce bulk along the waistline, I used the A-line skirt for the lining. With the lining, the dress has more body causing the skirt to fall a little further away from the body. It also makes it opaque. So no slip needed. The stretch floral cotton is from Vogue Fabrics. It is lightweight and has a smooth hand. The only other change made was that I used an invisible zipper instead of a regular one.
This pattern offers nice options for spring/summer dresses and I recommend it to others. The construction is easy. The dress comes together quickly with any problems.