Oooh la la! Une autre Deer & Doe Belladone! I’m really, really excited about this dress– I’ve only worn it once, and I can already tell that it’s going to be one of my favorites!
I bought this cotton ikat last May at B & J Fabrics and hoarded it like a miser, waiting for the perfect pattern. It was quite expensive, so I knew I really needed to use it wisely. I was so nervous to cut into it! After I made my first Belladone dress, I realized that my precious ikat would work really well with the pattern! They’re basically besties for life.
I really like this fabric. I thought that it would be scratchy, but it’s actually really soft. It’s a nice medium weight, so it’s got a little heft, but it’s also drapey. I would sew with this all day every day if I could!
Like the last time I made this dress, I was really careful when I handled the back bodice pieces to make sure that I didn’t stretch out the bias-cut edges. I stabilized the edges with rayon seam binding before I topstitched them down.
I originally planned to do a full lining, but I had a hard time wrapping my head around that with the unusual back construction. The dress was pretty heavy without the lining, and since it’s more of a summer dress, I decided to skip it and just line the skirt with rayon bemberg. I wanted to keep things as tidy as possible, so I added a bemberg waistband to hide the seams at the waist. I also hand stitched seam binding onto the zipper tape and over the raw edges of the center back seam to enclose them.
I was really careful to match up the the seams in the back. It’s not hard to do, but it takes a little time. Tasia has a great tutorial for a foolproof way to match patterns here.
I really love this pattern. It’s so flattering and so fun! The back cutout is super-duper cute, and I just love the shape of the skirt. It’s the perfect everyday dress– you could wear it shopping, to the movies, to work, to church, to brunch, for drinks after work, really, just about anywhere. I’m pretty light on versatile dresses like that in my wardrobe, so this is a welcome addition.
Now you tell me– what’s YOUR ideal everyday dress? Something that works from day into night? Long? Short? Spill the beans!