|Chloe wears Chloe!|
|The back - the invisible zipper is working it's magic!|
Pattern: Victory Patterns Chloe, size 8. This was my first experience with a pdf pattern, and after some initial computer difficulties, there were no problems. I used my new best friend, the rotary cutter, to trim the edges of the pages, and traced the pieces on regular art tracing paper.
Fabric: Steely blue linen blend (has just a bit of stretch, and was a dream to sew), contrasting cotton for sleeves and welts.
Adjustments: Minimal! I shortened the bodice by 3/4", and lengthened the skirt 4". By lengthening the skirt so much, I did end up with a fuller back skirt, but I will be able to wear this dress to work without fear of flashing anyone. Oh, and I omitted the lining, since the linen is sturdy enough, especially for summer wear.
If I make up the sleeveless version (wool for winter?), I'll need to raise the underarm a bit. The edge of the sleeve at the underarm is a good height. I'll also try and get rid of the extra back skirt fullness; it's not a big problem, but I may as well try and correct the proportion there.
After doing some running around yesterday in the sun, I'm happy with the fit and comfort. I was a bit worried that it was too plain, but I think it will probably get a lot of wear come the summer.