May I introduce you to the Truffle, my latest completed project from The Colette Sewing Handbook? This is my favorite dress ever in the whole world.
I was so excited about having fixed my hair that I forgot to put on make up. True story.
This dress went together smoothly, mostly due to the wonders of The Colette Sewing Handbook. I hope all of the Colette patterns are this delightful to work with because I have my eye on a few more. This was my first time installing an invisible zipper, which would be unremarkable except that I do not have an invisible zipper foot. And my zipper still looks normal! And my darts still line up!
I caught this rayon shirting on sale at Fabric.com for $1.95! Minus the cost of the book, this dress only cost me $6.83 to make! The fabric has a linen-ish sort of texture, but a smoother drape and a silkier feel than linen, if that makes any sense.
I am very happy with the fit of this dress. I cut both the bodice and the skirt by a size 4, and the only adjustment I had to make was taking up the shoulders just a bit. Based on my research (ahem, reading blogs), it seems that this is a fairly common adjustment. I won't say that it's a perfect fit, but it's quite comfortable and I feel awesome in it. First day of school dress, perhaps?
And then there was this: