Naomi of Spare Room Style brought up a good point about the photos of the completed dress. All the details get lost in the print of the fabric. At her request I’m uploading a pencil sketch I hope will make the details clear.
Details of front of the dress
Bust darts from center of front shoulder to 1″ above apex of bust.
V-neckline with interfacing and facing on inside, bound with bias trim slip stitched into place.
Bodice extends about 2-3″ below widest part of the hip line. On the Misses Size 4 this is a length about 13″ below the waist.
Details of back of the dress
Center back seam.
Slot zipper application (hand sewn with running stitches).
Cut with center front and center back on lengthwise grain.
Two flares each side of center front and center back.
Vertical dart running from wrist up to elbow.
Sleeve finished with hand sewn bias binding at wrist.
Somewhere between 5 to 9 buttons to be placed along vertical dart line.
In planning stages.
A basic chemise pattern is used for the bodice of the dress.
–Slight shaping was applied from underarm down to end of bodice. This is not a straight, tubular shape.
–The width at the hipline is widest to accommodate movement and the need for enough fabric so that the dress can be comfortable when the belt is worn.
–The wider the hip line is creates a need for the flares to be slightly wider. The flares for the size 4 will have a little less depth than the flares for a size 6, 8 or 10. It is a matter of preserving the overall proportions of the dress.