Wow, it has been a hectic month! Work has been kicking my tail, thank goodness it's slowing down now. Now I can get back to my sewing.
I got my Easter dress done - every good Southern girl needs an Easter dress, no matter what her age! This pattern is from Sew Serendipity and I think I second guessed myself the entire time I was working on it. Puffy sleeves - too young? Empire waist - so flattering for me! and on and on I go in my waffling.
Sorry for the strange stance, it had rained the night before and I kept sinking in the soft dirt. I made a muslin of this dress, a first I think, sorry no pictures of that. DH will help with measuring hems and such, if it is quick, but pictures are a totally different question. I added a center seam to the back and a wedge to add 2" to cover my ample read end, scooped out a little at the back waist, approximately .5", for my sway-back adjustment, and added .25" at each side seam below the waist for more ease. This fabric is an ITY jersey from Fabric.com and because I cut it so the border would be around the hem, there is very little stretch going around the body. Even so this dress came on and off over my head fairly easily, so I left out the zipper.
After wearing to church, next time (and there will be a next time, I have gotten so many compliments!) I make this I will raise the neckline .5" just so it's a little more user friendly to me and I will put the zipper in the side per instructions. Also after looking at these pictures, I don't think I have enough waist for the wrap-around belt, so I will probably do something different there.