If you have seen me around any of the Facebook groups – you HAVE to have seen me post a version of my Charleston Dress by Hey June. I have now made THREE versions of the dress, and have decided to share my first TWO versions with you!
As a part of the #watchawearinjanuary blog tour, we are showcasing what we are wearing in our climates, and/or for where we are headed. I work in a business professional setting, so the ability to throw on a blazer with a nice dress (albeit, with a pair of boots, given its been approaching/below freezing), is worth its weight in gold.
This dress comes in two views: View A is an a-line skirt. The first version I completed was using view A (please note, I lengthened the skirt to make it knee length, made a quick and dirty full bust adjustment by blending sizes, and shortened the bodice to accommodate my short torso – phew – THAT’S why I’m rarely happy in ready-to-wear clothing!)
I used a Liverpool (aka polyester spandex doubleknit) fabric that I had purchased from Denver Fabrics. As it was my muslin, I didn’t worry too much about construction and that CLEARLY SHOWS (ummm… hello large seam down the front of the skirt — please remember to cut this piece on the FOLD if you are making it for yourself!). There are nice DEEP pockets, the fit is comfortable, yet flattering, and in a stretchy enough material – you can cut the back on the fold, and omit the zipper altogether -SWEET! As this was my first foray into florals – you can see I thought pairing it with a neutral solid cardigan helped to tone down the dress!
For my second version, I used another floral, but this time out of a scuba (far more stable) knit from Knitpop! Ohhhh how I adore Knitpop! Those mystery boxes can be ADDICTIVE (now I get why folks love to receive Stitch Fix boxes – it’s like Christmas at every delivery – especially when you aren’t sure of the contents).
This is view B (the sheath dress) and I cut the same size: medium blended to a large waist. I also decided to hack the neckline into a raised slit neck like you see here:
To achieve this look, I measured how much higher I wanted the neckline to be from my muslin, and then drafted a new pattern piece and a front and back facing:
This V neck is far more pronounced than I intended, but I kind of like it that way! At first I thought I did something wrong because my v would not lay well, but topstitching made ALL the difference!
Well – that’s all I have for now! If you enjoyed the review – please let me know below!
Also, don’t forget to click through to the other bloggers pages to learn more about what we are wearing in January! There’s a Rafflecopter that makes you eligible to win an outrageously good prize – what do you have to lose?
Ti (the tour host) has secured 2 prize packs! She’s giving away a total of 59 patterns and $235 worth of gift cards! Be sure to come back every day to register for chances to win:
Prize pack #1: 28 patterns, $100 in store credit to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and a $20 gift card to Mummykins and me.
Prize pack #2: 28 patterns, $30 credit to posh prints, $25 credit to You made something, $20 credit to P4P AND 2 yards art gallery fabric +1 coordinate from NR fabrics.
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