Starting over the weekend, I decided to make an easy to wear, tried and true pattern with it: the Sew Over It 1940s Tea dress. The dress does not have lining, so it seemed like a good use of the opaque soft blend. The Tea Dress has worked out well for me in the past, I wear the floral version often. (My black & grey version feels too dark for California sunniness so it gets left on the hanger more often.) Anyhow, this new version is super swingy and the fabric blend works well in the bust gathers so I'm sure it will be worn a lot!
I took some of the puff out of the sleeves caps as well as raised the skirt and the front neckline by about an inch. Other than that, it's the same cut as my previous dresses with a small FBA, and about 4 inches added to the length of the dress. The interior is unlined, all seams finished with my overlocker. I ran into a pressing problem with the Tencel, it tends to shine (melt??) at even medium temperatures. After that discovery, I kept my iron at a very low heat. The fabric does not lend itself to crispness, but I think it looks great soft and fluttery.
Here it is inside out in the breeze:
My hand sewn hem was completed on a sick day when there was little else I was competent enough to do. It is not perfect but I'm too lazy/sick/impatient to fix it. :)
I snapped one photo in the bathroom mirror with my dog as critic.
I do have a issue where I could use some help. The invisible zipper has a slight pucker/waviness in the back. It puckers when worn and when it is hung up so I don't think it is swayback. This has happened on one or two other dresses where I decided to ignore it, but I maybe it's time that I figure out how to avoid it. Do you see it below? Any suggestions?