I have finally got around to completing work on my lobster dress!
I purchased this lovely navy retro looking material, with white lobsters a few months ago from Fabric Rehab, www.fabricrehab.co.uk with a view to making a skater style dress. However, after making a tote bag from this material for my Etsy shop first, I received a large custom order from Newfoundland to make several lobster bags and progress on the dress stopped!
I went back to one of my favourite original patterns that I made my first dress from a couple of years ago; Vogue V8723, Very Easy Vogue Patterns. This simple dress pattern consists of a lined bodice, a lined skater style skirt and a 20 inch zip at the back.
I had cut out the pattern pieces a few weeks ago and followed the bodice measurements for a D cup as I am quite busty. Assembling the dress was fairly simple as the bodice consisted of a couple of darts in the front and only one in the back. The lining was fashioned in exactly the same way. However on trying the dress on, there was far too much material gaping at the front bodice so I had to take some more in from the darts, which seems to have fixed the problem. I will have to remember to use the B cup bodice pattern next time!
Although the pattern states that the skirt should be lined, I didn’t bother lining the skirt as the material is medium thickness and navy so hardly see through. The skirt was fairly easy to assemble as it just had to be gathered and the gathers adjusted to fit the bodice seams.
I used to find the hardest part of dress making was zip insertion until I learnt how to insert a zip easily and properly through the YouTube channel of Professor Pincushion. Here, they take you step by step on how to insert a zip. This method works every time and makes dress making much easier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huQh2aE2Sao
With some hand sewing to finish off the dress (mainly a hook and eye above the zip and attaching the lining to the zip too), the dress is completed. Hurray! I finally have my finished lobster dress in time for late Summer!