Posted on May 31, 2013 at 7:15 PM
My versatile little white dress is done, and it does seem to compliment a good portion of my summer wardrobe. I already wore the dress for an all day outing, including three hours in the car. The dress fared well. The pleats and wrap bodice are all that I wanted them to be. I love the texture of the summer possibly cotton blend fabric.
Lately, I have been having a lot of trouble with the fragile lining fabric fraying, or the seams pulling and ripping. So, I decided to use flat fell seams on the skirt lining.
I liked them so much that I made them on the fashion fabric as well, but on the inside. After my outing, I washed the dress in the washer, and there was no fraying anywhere. The flat fell seams also add strength, so there was no visible "pulling" on my skirt seams, despite getting in and out of a car all day in a straight skirt and heels.
I did have a little trouble putting this dress together. I ended up taking the bodice apart three or four times. I lost count. Part of the problem was that the yoke was not sturdy enough to hold up all the layers with the heavily pleated wrap. The bodice lining has darts instead of pleats. To reduce some of the bulk, I trimmed the lining darts.
I am so fond of this dress it makes me dream of an all white summer wardrobe.
I have a good start on the white wardrobe.