I tried again, this time in a completely unforgiving, show-every-mistake solid red poplin:
I'm not sure why I picked this red, other than that I started working on this dress around Valentine's Day, and I had the fabric hanging around. (I don't wear a lot of red.)
I made the pockets (adding them was my main alteration to this pattern) a little deeper this time. I don't think I have it 100% right yet — the opening is still a little high.
This photo came out funny, but the zipper didn't:
The wrinkles across the back are mostly due to my dress form not being set to my form any more. I changed the settings to take a picture of a much smaller vintage dress and still haven't gotten them back to "normal". (The tangle of cords there on my computer desk is very much "normal".)
Whose advice was it to sew the tucks first, then cut out the bodice? It was great advice, made for very fast construction!
The buttons here are vintage, have had 'em forever. They were my second choice — the first was a set of red, white, and blue buttons that I think I snagged in a fabric swap before I left Chicago. But the red was just a little off … this red is *perfect*.
I gave this a test wear last Saturday — with gray Keds (see below). It was slightly too cold for bare legs in the San Francisco Mission in February, but as long as I sat in the sun (and had a copy of New Scientist to read) I felt fine …
I'm pretty sure I'll make this again … maybe even in another solid color!