I have always loved Scotland and now that I am fortunate enough to actually live here I don't feel the slightest bit silly to still want to wear thistles or tartan in some way! This fabric is called Botany and I love the swirling leaves, stems and thistles travelling every which way all over the fabric.
|How great is this photo angle?! No idea how this|
happened, but I like it!
The pattern calls for the waistband, button band and collar stand to be hand stitched down on the inside but I decided to topstitch these instead and am quite happy with the way it looks.
The back has a yoke across the shoulders and a gathered billowing section that appeals to me for both the ease of movement and for the appearance of a narrower waist!
Here it is from the front without the belt. I probably won't wear it with a belt myself.
When making clothes for myself I often just go for the largest size and hope for the best. I think really I could have made this a bit smaller. I can easily pinch out 2 inches at the waist with my hand and the shoulder looks like it is slipping down my arm. Also, there seems to be too much fabric from my underarm to my bust which could be removed using larger darts. I did loose a stone (14 pounds) between planning, cutting and sewing this dress whilst trying the whole30 eating plan, and I made absolutely no attempts to fit this dress to myself at all. I just made it straight from the envelope.
Next time I make this dress I shall try a size smaller and really make sure I am happy with the bodice and bust before continuing.
But I will most definitely still wear this dress, flaws and all!