There are 11 reviews already about this dress on PR and I did get some really good tips about construction from fellow sewers and found some new blogs too.
The shirring at the front was done a la Coco's Loft, not as per the pattern instructions. I gathered the fabric with a running stitch and secured the gathers with tape behind. This was done before attaching the centre panel to the sides, so I was working with one piece of fabric, not yards and yards. With the contrast panel on the centre front I changed the thread in the machine to a matching grey to hem this as I was using a pale green for the patterned section. Otherwise, the dress was made straight out of the box.
I used the contrast grey to line the pockets too and had enough left over to make a pair of cropped leggings - you can just see them peaking out. They look more like long johns but the breezes at the Atlantic coast can blow where no others can!
I think my dress is too big, what do you think?
I know it's supposed to be loose but compare mine with the Vogue photo above. I know they have to "style" the look but you could get two of me in this and I'm not sure if it's supposed to be this loose.
My photographer and stylist (teenage son) thought it would look good having me stand on the edge of a cliff 100m (300') above the Atlantic with the wind blowing. I suspect he might be after his inheritance early. The sun was just setting hence the lighting isn't the best but at least you see the dress in full length. Oh and you also get to see the breathtaking view looking out towards Donegal.
Next time - underneath the French house dress.....