Its a super sweet dress in the most amazing floral fruity fabric! Here is the back:
Actually no, I can't show you the back... because Renee is a teenie lady, and this dress is too small to fit on my small dress form... Take it from me that the straps cross over in the back, and it buttons from bodice to hem.
I've never worn anything that buttons up the back. I keep meaning to ask Renee if its hard to do up, but I keep forgetting... does anyone know?
Anyway! Renee had also found me a vintage pattern that she thought might work. But when I looked at it, there were just too many things I had to change, I thought I'd just make my own pattern directly from Renee's original dress, without doing it any damage of course! With that done I needed to check the pattern so I pulled a length of 1960s (or there abouts) poly-cotton that someone had given me. A lovely fabric, just not for me.
Anyway, the bodice was the bit I was worried about (a gathered skirt is a gathered skirt) but it went together with only one issue:
See that seam down the middle of the bodice... it shouldn't be there. I somehow had an extra inch in the middle. But it was an easy fix, and I'd rather have seen the issue with test fabric than with the real fabric!
I put the skirt on and added some pockets, and voila!
It happened to be Renee's birthday when I finished the dress, so I wrote out a birthday card and popped it into an express post bag to get it to her the next day. And here she is!
SHE LOVED IT!!!! And it fitted her perfectly, which means I get to cut into the most adorable amazing fabric of all time...
I am so looking forward to making this adorable dress up for Renee. Its going to be a bit more detailed than the test dress, but basically the same, just a whole lot cuter!
And Renee is already looking for more fabric. We are thinking it could be super cute in a light wool with a shirt under it. What do you think?