She is made from a printed cotton sateen from Global Fabrics, and according to this photo needs strap retainers! (And I need ironing mitts - I've burnt my arm on the iron twice this week!!)
Juliette has a contrast neckline, waistline and underbust band, with a ruched upper front panel and gathered skirt:
And there's a CB invisible zip - invisible of course!
I think I will make a petticoat. What do you think - the fuller skirt looks prettier doesn't it? I have a few other things I could wear a petticoat under, plus it means walking home from work across the windy bridge won't be so hazardous!
In my recent post on Grainline Vs. Printline, StephC asked what to do in the situation of off-grain stripes - and whatdoyouknow the next thing I cut was this fabric, essentially an off-grain printed stripe! I did the opposite to what I did for my orange all-over spot - I cut ensuring the horizontal 'stripe' was horizontal, rather than the lengthwise grain being straight.
Why? Well, here's the method to my madness:
- This print is more dominant than the spot, and if the lines aren't horizontal it will be more obvious in the finished garment. On this dress imagine the bustline, skirt waistline and hemline on a slant - eeeky.
- A slight skew in the lengthwise grain will be negligible in this design. The bodice pieces are short so any skew is minor. On the skirt, any skewing of the lengthwise grain is going to be hidden amongst all those gathers and won't affect the hang of the skirt. A straight skirt might be affected, so I didn't try to make a shift dress out of this fabric.
- It comes down to a question of which is worse - off-grain fabric or off-grain print. Every design is different, and the most appropriate compromise needs to be made - you get to decide where!