Several months ago I spent some considerable time working to create a fitting shell. I secretly wanted to fine tune that fitting shell to assist me in designing some items on my own. My first design is Regina’s A-Line Dress!
Pattern – Regina’s A-Line Dress 2012
Notions – 22 inch invisible zipper, 1 package of double fold extra wide ½ inch bias tape
Fabric – 2 yards of coral crepe back satin (Hancock Fabrics.) I only paid $4.00 for this fabric because I found it in the remnant bin!
This dress features design items I often search for in a dress pattern:
1. A-lined four panel skirt with a below knee hemline. I used stitch witchery to create a narrow hem instead of machine stitching.
2. Fitted front bodice with princess seams. I also added side darts because I have an “odd” bust line alignment due to surgery.
3. Shoulder darts and back darts. I often find that the shoulder and back areas of patterns are too wide for me and these added darts really allow me to achieve a better fit.
4. Bias tape-lined, sleeveless armholes. I really “hate” setting sleeves in armholes! So I chose to make this dress sleeveless. I can wear a cute jacket or sweater if I get chilly.
5. Bias tape-lined neckline.
6. Invisible zipper for back closure.
You may have noticed that I chose to use the crepe side of the fabric for my dress. I felt that the satin side would have made my dress looked like a “too shiny bridesmaid dress!” (LOL) I am planning to wear my green suede bolero jacket with this dress.