I am so pleased with the result: I have a lovely very wearable peacock dress, just like my inspiration dress which I posted about previously, see here: peacock-prettiness.
It is of course Dress S from the Stylish Dress Book Volume 1. It was not all plain sailing; the most difficult part was getting these adorable cuffs on. I looked at the pictures, read and re-read the instructions but I just couldn't do it. It took me over an hour just to do one!
And then disaster... it didn't fit! The cuff was so tight, it just wasn't wearable. All that effort for nothing. Sob, sob. I had to unpick it! I'd cut the size six, and the dress was roomy everywhere other than the cuffs; so, I undid them and just made them about 1 cm longer, faffed about sewing the cuffs back on and finally a great dress. Hurrah!
I love the fact that this has more shapeliness than a regular Japanese-style shift dress, but without any tight fitting around the tum.
The dress was (cuffs notwithstanding) very easy to put together, and I can see more of these dresses fitting in very nicely into my summer wardrobe. If I do make another, I may just opt for an elasticated cuff!
22" zip - so proud! I've only just stopped avoiding patterns that need zips. It's not perfect but hey, you gotta start somewhere.
The light gathering around the bust is feminine and flattering for someone like me (with almost no bust!). Overall, I am really happy with how this project came together, from first inspiration through to wearing it out for the first time.