Behold the glory of its twirliness!!! It is three patterns mashed up: Cashmerette Dartmouth for the bodice, Comino Cap for the upper skirt, and a circle skirt for the lower section.
I tested the Dartmouth back when it was released, and I’ve used it once for a dress bodice already. I used the same pieces for front and back, and angled in the shoulders a bit. It has some ruching at the side seams and fits snugly.
For the skirt, I chose the Comino Cap skirt because it is a gentle a-line shape with curves at the hips. I wanted something figure-skimming, neither tight nor loose! The proportions of the yoke and ruffle were determined by how much fabric I had, since I only bought 2 metres for this dress.
For the circle skirt portion, I measured the circumference of the bottom of the yoke, and cut a “donut” to match. I do this by folding the fabric in quarters and marking the radius with a quilting ruler. A pattern piece would be more exact, but this seems to work well enough for me!
My husband got me these recycled-sari fair-trade earrings for my birthday, along with some other goodies. The shorter my hair gets, the more I love a big earring!
Out of the blue, my partners-in-Sewcialists-crime Becky and Chloe surprised me with a post on the Sewcialists yesterday, called “A love letter to Gillian and to YOU!” I feel beyond blessed to have such great people around me, particularly this year which has been a bumpy ride. Thank you to all of you here who cheer me on! I love this corner of the internet!
Now excuse me while I go spin around my house and eat So. Much. Cake! Mwah!