This is another of the Famous Frocks dresses, a sophisticated Jackie O inspired shift in purple. It has a lovely boat neckline and slight swish with an A line skirt.
This took 1.5x1.5 m of purple felt, the same of purple lining, a 22" zip(pattern recommends 24" but they're harder to find) one spool purple thread, some gold embroidery thread and a hook and eye.
The pattern came together relatively easily although I'm finding the top came out quite small. The suggested seam allowance is 16mm and I ended up giving it 10mm. This is a little too big so go for somewhere in between.
The dress isn't lined so cut the same pattern, except for the facing out of their lining. Sew the skirt in the same manner as the main skirt and then attach it at the top wrong sides together. Sew the top lining as the fabric top and then sew it wrong sides together to the fabric at the same time as the interfacing (make sure it will end up under the interfacing!). When attaching the top to the skirt, leave the top lining free and then hand sew it over later, once the zip is attached.
I wanted to test the embroidery capabilities of my new sewing machine so decided to embellish the edges with some gold stitching.
I wanted to go around the hem, sleeves and possibly collar but unfortunately the machine found the fabric too bulky. I lowered the tension as much as I could and made it around the hem but the four layers of felt at the arm holes were too much for it.
Overall, I'm pleased with the dress and think it will look lovely with as black leather belt around the waist, a very stylish addition to the autumn work wardrobe.
Later adjustments: I took the neckline up at the back in a triangle from the zip to the shoulder to make it fall better, 1" at the largest. I think this could be improve by using a side seam zip rather than a back Centre seam zip.
You rip what you sew!