I'm going to start off by saying that this dress is just not as great as I was hoping it would be, but I do like it! It's a pattern mash of the By Hand London Anna bodice, and the Charlotte skirt. I've seen loads of lovely versions, and thought it would be a good replacement for this Elisalex dress. In fairness, I wasn't too thrilled with that dress either (bad fabric), but it didn't stop me wearing it for two winters!
The things I don't like are the bodice darts and the waist. I had drafted the bodice from my Craftsy drafting class block, and made this Anna-Lou dress with it. I've never been entirely happy with where the waist sits on that dress; but, of course, I didn't change it on my pattern piece... Also, I think the top of the bust pleats are too close together. It's not noticable on the Anna-Lou dress because of the spotty fabric, but I definitely notice it on this red cotton sateen. This is the same sateen that I used for my Arielle skirt; sadly, it wrinkles like nobody's business. I can live with it though, and it will be grand with a cardigan, but I shall be going back to the original pattern from now on.
But there is one thing about this dress that I absolutely love, and that is the accordion pleat that I drafted for the back of the skirt - which turned out to be more difficult to photograph than sew!
I have made one Charlotte skirt as on the pattern, but it has only been worn a handful of times because I keep ripping the split at the back. It turns out that I am utterly incapable of walking in a pencil skirt! I drafted the pleat using the Craftsy class "Pattern Making Basics, The Skirt Sloper", and it was really easy to do. Also, I am now a big fan of spray starch, which I used to press the pleat, and will be using on the rest of it too.
In other news, this morning I had to (brace yourselves...) tidy up the attic/sewing room. It was neither fun, nor pretty; but it's done. The reason is that I am getting the bathroom replaced next week, and the workies need access to the water tank in the attic. The house is going to be upside down, because I am also getting a new kitchen floor and ceiling too.
Wish me luck! And have a great week,