I used the princess seam bodice of New Look 6020, and substituted New Look A6843 for a basic flared skirt because I didn’t have enough fabric for the 6 paneled skirt of the dress pattern. I made a muslin of the bodice and worked on the fit. I started with a size 14 but ended up with about 1 inch side seam allowance so the sizes must have a lot of ease. I would expect a dress with a zipper to be more fitted. For the skirt I didn’t put much thought into it and cut out the largest size, and then added 2 small pleats to fit the bodice. I changed the side zipper of the pattern to an invisible back zipper. The dress is fully lined.
This first dress is a dress of many firsts: first time inserting an invisible zipper, sewing princess seams, lining a bodice, and understitching.
I started by reading blogs of knitters who also sewed and thought I wish I could do that. Then I bought a sewing machine and hardly took it out of the box for a year. I had a fear of cutting fabric. Little by little, I have started to gain experience and knowledge. This was my fourth item of clothing sewn from scratch, and a big challenge for me.
A hot day to be outside taking photos!
I’m so glad it’s done before summer’s end.