All hail Japanese sewing books! As you can see from the enormously cheesy grin on my face, I am delighted with my newest make. This dress is the Ribbon Shoulder Shift from Feminine Wardrobe. I feel rather Phryne-ish in this dress. I had to zip to the corner store after work yesterday and plopped my favourite cloche on as I went out. Definitely Phryne. Or Lady Mary Crawley minus the bitchiness.
This dress has a lovely straight silhouette, but narrows at the legs. It skims over parts I don't want to emphasize - always excellent in any garment - and is wonderfully floaty and light. I used some of my favourite linen, this time in a rich plum.
I whipped it up after work on Thursday night (yes, it's that simple to sew) and sported it to work the next day. My boss remarked that it's like a fashion show every time I come in|! Heh. I absolutely adore the shoulder gathers, which are done by inserting elastic in a channel on either side of the shoulder seam, but elected not to include the shoulder ties. I have broad shoulders and adding the ties made me feel like they were shouting LOOK AT ME AND MY GIANT SHOULDERS! Not good for the social anxiety, folks!
The dress has simple pockets which are sewn into the side seams. They are just the right size for my phone, which is great as I listen to Sherlock Holmes audiobooks on the bus. Not music, me, but detective stories.
If you're interested in trying Japanese sewing books, Feminine Wardrobe is very high on my recommendations list. It is full of simple, yet beautiful, garments that are easy to sew. Go for it!