Pattern: Simplicity 7990 (vintage)
Fabric: Tan scallop-edged eyelet from Timmel Fabrics & Jade handkerchief linen from Fabric Mart.
Have you ever been just going about your business and then inspiration hits? Without warning an all-consuming passion engulfs you - you're unable to focus on anything but your vision. The world slides away and the creative drive kicks into high gear. Ever been there? I have and this dress is the result of one of those episodes.
One day as I was rearranging some of my stash, I came across the tan eyelet fabric and opened it up to get a better look. It just happened to fall on top of the jade linen and the combination of the two colours was entrancing. At first, I was just going to underline the eyelet with the linen and let the jade peek through the eyelet holes, but that didn't show off the scalloped edges to the best advantage. Having just finished another S7990 dress that had a border print at the hem, I decided to use the scallops at the hem in much the same way. Then I mused about where else the scallops could be used to advantage and the bodice you see here was born. This bodice is the same one I drafted for this version of S7990, except the front neckline slit was sewn shut.
The bodice is underlined and the midriff panel and skirt are lined in the jade fabric. The lining for the skirt is not fully loose however - it is attached at the side seams all the way down, but it hangs free in between. I think it makes the interior of the dress almost as pretty as the exterior. All the facings were hand stitched to the underlining and it gives the dress a nice clean appearance, inside and out. It also gives the dress a nice heft.
When the dress was finished, it still needed one more dash of jade fabric. So, the belt was created and I think it added the perfect finishing touch.
I love this dress. The combination of colours. The placement of the eyelet "stripes" horizontally on the skirt, vertically on the bodice and diagonally on the midriff. The location of the scallops. The fit. The cute little belt tied in a bow. I know I sound like a big ole braggart, but I can't help it - I love it all!