I originally purchased this polyester crepe georgette with the intention of making a blouse. The fabric was wider than I thought and I realized I had enough fabric to make a dress. While looking through magazines for inspiration I came across a few dresses with bow ties. I had not made a dress with a bow tie for myself since the 80’s. I was due for one.
The pattern has you press the skirt pleats but I chose to leave them “open”. Besides being difficult to get a “hard press” in polyester georgette, I thought that leaving the pleats unpressed would add to the fluidity of the skirt.
The back has soft gathers creating a blouson effect at the waist. The front has princess seams which line up with the pleats in the skirt. I think it all comes together to create a very flattering look. I like that the dress has a side zipper so as to not “break up” the back. I need to remember this when I’m making dresses with a zipper in the back where I would prefer a smoother look. It’s easy to move the zipper to the side if I plan for it during the cutting phase. So often I’m blindly following directions and not thinking ahead.
This style of dress is classic and a great addition to my wardrobe.