Hurrah, hurrah and thrice hurrah! I have finished sewing my Sew Over It Joan Dress, made from Liberty tana lawn and fully lined in a combination of silk (bodice) and polka dot synthetic (skirt section).
This is not a fast or easy make. I applied an FBA, toiled the bodice (twice), shortened the skirt by two inches, lowered the kick pleat, widened the sleeves, and finally sewed it up. Slowly. This dress crashed into one of the busiest periods of my working life, and it’s taken me a month to make. But I’m really glad I persisted because I adore the finished item.
It took me four attempts to smoothly stitch the kick pleat in place. Accuracy is really needed! Don’t forget there’s a whole sewalong to help.
The pattern’s attention to detail is fantastic. Fully lined, with the lining caught in the hand stitched hem, my dress form came in handy to ensure that everything was hanging correctly. The neckline is so flattering. Don’t you adore the ties?
It’s not an obvious choice to make this dress in cotton, but I couldn’t resist the print and knew that tana lawn doesn’t crease badly. I’m glad I risked this unusual fabric choice.
I haven’t found many rear views of this dress online, so here’s one for you:
That’s it. That’s me done. Hard work, but worth it. Love this dress a lot. Glad to move on to another project!
Have you made the Joan Dress? Ever made a va-va-voom dress in practical cotton?