This latest iteration of Marfy 1128 turned out really well, I think. This is the finished look. It's hard to catch the sparklieness of the actual dress without having it be almost impossible to actually see. I got to wear it this past weekend to a fundraising dinner, and I felt very appropriately dressed.
The hem is my favorite part. I love the way it drapes and catches itself up, especially in the back. I changed the back neckline from a very low square back to a higher scoop, which is still fairly low.
I have quite a few inner construction photos for this. The blog photos are smaller than those you can see if you click here
. As I think I said previously, I underlined this with a fairly heavy satin lining, almost something you would use for a coat lining. I turned the satin side toward the body, and extended it about 5" longer than the dress hem edge.
You can see how I turned the hem up to the outside on the finished garment photos, but here is the inside of the hem, which comes out very nicely since all the raw edges are inside the rolled part on the outside of the dress.
The original pattern has front horizontal and vertical darts, and gathering at the neckline under a chiffon collar. I stitched the horizontal darts, but used the other ease to drape from the waist up to the neckline. You can see close ups of the neckline and waist draping here.
The facing you can see on the neckline is a folded bias strip of the lining fabric. The neckline stands out in places, as it is supposed to, and the bias band helps it to stay close to the body in any case.
These two photos show the inside front of the body of the dress with the stitched waist tucks.
In the close up you can also see the stitching which tacks the bow in place.
This is the slight flange edge of the sleeve, almost just a facing which peeks out. It's widest at the top, narrowing to nothing at the side seam.
You can see inside that it is also a bias strip, but of the fashion fabric.
Finally, you can see that the extra-long invisible zipper opens the entire length of the side seam. I really have learned that this is not too long a zipper for a dress like this. It makes it so much easier to put on, and without spoiling one's hair or makeup.