In reading sewing blogs, it seems that people who sew are a pretty goal oriented bunch. From learning new techniques to busting a burgeoning fabric stash, we tend to set ourselves goals. One of mine was to go through my collection of books and actually make some of the patterns. My most recently completed project is from Famous Frocks, by Sara Alm and Hannah McDevit.
The book contains 10 dress patterns inspired by iconic looks. I selected a dress inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis from her White House years. There are two neckline options, I preferred the boat neckline, which is more like the photograph.
I traced the pattern and made a muslin. I had to lower the dart point coming up from the waist and added a little ease in the skirt back. It’s a simple dress, very reminiscent of ’60s styles. Since I was using silk, I underlined it with organdy to combat wrinkles. My big screw up was using dark blue, wax based tracing paper to mark the darts on the organdy. It came through the white organdy and showed through the coral color silk, which meant cutting out a new bodice. Lesson learned on that one.
The addition of the organdy underlining gave the dress more structure than the muslin, so the flat skirt back is more of a fit issue. My backside is not flat. If I ever make it again, I would add darts to the back of the skirt.