This dress has been announced to everyone as the "Hi spring I made a dress for you, so the least you can do is turn up" dress. The fabric is an incredible cotton sateen which was part of my birthday fabric stash, in the most gorgeous spring colours.
The bodice is my bodice block and the skirt is the pleated Chardon
without the top-stitching down of the pleats. The Chardon is just perfect for a full-ish skirt that really doesn't need a lot of fabric. I managed to get the dress out of 1 metre, including pocket bags!
The new thing I learnt with this dress was how to insert a zip into a seam with pockets in it, which I managed to figure out alright in the end, The trick is to sew the pocket onto the front of the skirt, and not sewing down one side of it which inserting the zip, leaving an opening.
The neckline, armscythes and hem were all finished with contrasting turquoise bias binding, because I really didn't have any fabric left over for anything. It was a nice, quick and simple make, and is fast becoming the dress that I always want to wear but I can't because it's in the wash!
That's all I've got to say about this dress so Happy Spring everyone and thanks for reading!
Also thank you to Edward for taking the photos.