… with a black background.
I’ve been planning this particular garment even before I made the previous version. Even before I bought the lovely viscose/nylon fabric from Craftsy.
I paired the above fabric with a solid black ponte already in the stash.
I used the upper bodice pieces of B6299 adding panels 33×40″ of the viscose/nylon for the skirt.
I agonized over it for a while. Should I attach the skirt differently? I used pleats just like Version 1, because they worked. Which direction should the skirt be cut? On grain? Cross grain? Cross grain had a slight connection between printed squares which I thought would create a more vertical appearance. Being short all my life and now wide, that’s something always on my mind. I also agonized about neckline shape and finishes. Finally opting for a faced V neck and elastic along the armscyes. My facing is large. It is the center front and center back pieces but not the side front or side back. So it is almost completely self-lined. I could have stitched them together as one piece securing in place when I added the side panels. I opted to tack the side panels in place along the lower empire line. I feared that the V neckline might need adjusting and I wanted an easy option should that become real. I also wanted to snug the empire to my body a little bit and at the last possible second, stitched clear elastic along the empire seam.
I agonized about the front. Should it be left blank? Embroidered? Top stitched in blue or white thread. Should I find jewelry or camisole to fill in the neckline? It just seemed, not quite done.
From my jewelry collection emerged a small cloisonné pin purchased more than 15 years ago in Wisconsin and never used. I’m sorry that my pics did not turn out better. The best, was actually cropped from the full view of the front as I agonized over placement. On the Shoulder?
I like both placements. I need earrings. (PS I will wear black sandels or black heels or black boots and if I carry a bag it too will be black.)