Please allow me to acquaint you with the item that I am most pleased with in my sewing career to date - my star make if you will!
It is a tartan dress, made from gifted fabric, using a vintage pattern and jazzed up with some sew on stones. It's a simple princess seamed pattern that lets the fabric do the talking.
If you fancied making something similar, this current Butterick pattern might work: Butterick B5952. Although it is slightly different, but easier to match the tartan as there are less seams - do yourself the favour!
In "researching" for this, I found out that there aren't many a-line, princess seamed dress patterns out there (even in wardrobe patterns).... go figure!
There are a couple of things that make me love this dress:
* the fit - it skims me perfectly, giving shape without being uncomfortable
* the style - it's simple, yet effective; which works well for me
* the material - I love tartan
* the time I took - all the seams were sewn carefully to ensure that the tartan matches
* the balance - perfectly down the middle of the tartan (if only I could show this to Mr Grant on the Great British Sewing Bee!)
* the glitz - that little je ne ses quoi that really makes it me.
My tips for this make only relate to matching pattern, and are basically thus:
* use all the places possible on the pattern pieces to match the fabric pattern: notches, lengthening/shortening line, pocket placement lines etc etc.
* pins! I put a pin in at each intersection point, checked it on both sides, adjusted if necessary, sewed, checked, then re-did if necessary. A stitch in time saves nine, or so they say, in this instance it meant that taking my time brought me to the result I was after.
I have nothing more to say, so here are some (many) pictures. I'm in love. I wear this at least once a week, to work and to play. Thank goodness it's 100% wool as it means it doesn't need to be laundered so much!