My good friend and muse, Miss V, gifted me a length of printed batik from Cambodia, where she lives, studies and connects with every person she meets. You may remember the red dress I made for her a couple of years ago (has it been that long?!) from the same type of fabric, and, yes, the same pattern. The fabric comes in a set length/width, and is usually stitched together to form a continuous piece. One then steps into it and ties it sarong style at the waist or upper chest if you’re tiny. I decided to keep the dress idea alive and well.
There is nothing much to say about this pattern. I did my usual FBA of about 2.5cm, and did a 5cm short-waist adjustment (which works better than the popular sway back alteration with my shape). I left the fit a bit loose through the underbust and waist. I’m starting to get self-conscious about the middle spread phenomenon that seems to be my lot in life right now. Wanna see the best part of this dress?
The BACK!!! Isn’t it awesome? I love that it’s so average from the front, and then when I turn around, hello!
Here’s the stamp on the CB seam allowance.
I lined it with cotton batiste, and put in an invisible zip down the centre back. I used the selvedge as the hem. I’m glad it’s summer. The sun and bright colours are wonderful to see after the long dreary drab winter.