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In the midst of all my recent selfless sewing and other things keeping me busy, I somehow found a way to carve out some time to make an adorable, breezy summer dress in addition to the other sundresses I made for myself. I used the Seamwork Veronica dress pattern. More specifically, the bodice part of the pattern.
The original Veronica dress is a straight, basic day dress. It’s a nice silhouette that I would like to add to my wardrobe at some point. But since I was making a dress for a special religious convention, I wanted a dress that was just a little bit fancier. So I made the skirt longer and fuller, and I eighty-sixed the elastic in the waistband.
The bodice pattern was very easy! It has dolman sleeves, so there were no annoying sleeve issues. And I didn’t use the facings because I used lining for the entire dress.
I hate to sound conceited, but I’ve really outdone myself with this one! Look at it!
As I mentioned before, the dress is fully lined, a first for me. Prior to making this dress, I’d only either lined a bodice (not often!) or a skirt. And since I was kind of making it up as I went along, it took me a while to figure out that I essentially had to recreate the dress with the lining fabric before attaching it. I’m not very experienced when it comes to linings. In fact, things went awry at first when I tried to line bodice separately…I’ll give you the tl;dr version: I had to completely start over after spending hours with misguided confidence attaching the lining to the bodice incorrectly. Woy! That’s okay; I realized my mistake relatively early on. Once I’d finished ripping out the thread, I consulted the Colette Rue Sewalong because I was using the same technique. That was a lifesaver!
I used this alluring cotton lawn from (you guessed it!) Rifle Paper. I read that cotton lawn is best finished with either French seams or pinked seams. I chose the latter because I wanted all my energy to go to tackling the lining and the invisible zipper.
I also did an edge-finished hem, because I could not figure out how to use my rolled hem foot! I watched videos, I read tutorials, but to no avail. If anyone has any useful tips, please let me know!
Have you made Seamwork Veronica? Let’s see your makes!