(Sort of) Sew Over It Betty Dress
This is half a Sew Over It Betty dress, the half in question being the bodice. My sister got me this pattern and the Joan pattern for my birthday, and after the undeniable success of my Sew Over It shirt dress I was very keen to get going on them.
So I was looking for some suitable fabric for the Betty and came across this smashing yellow and white zigzag cotton on the Stone Fabrics website. I knew I had to have some and also knew that the zigzags would not work for the circle skirt, so I ordered it anyway in the hopes that the laws of geometry would somehow have changed by the time it arrived.
(It arrived impressively quickly by the way - though I have been to Stone Fabrics in person before this was the first time I'd ordered something from them.)
Obviously this didn't happen, so as I had a vision of a zigzag summer dress that had to be realised in some way, I did the Betty bodice and then just added a simple gathered skirt. It is not as elegant as the intended circle skirt but I think it still makes a fun summer outfit that is slightly more fancy than a standard sundress.
Size-wise I wavered between the 14 and the 16, and cut a 16 as that seemed safer. I did end up taking it in at the back waist and under the arms, but I think if I'd cut the 14 I would have had to widen the shoulders / upper chest, so! swings and roundabouts.
I did do a toile of the bodice and I'm very pleased I did as I think the finished fit is excellent, especially on the back V. The cotton was easy to work with and, I think, the perfect weight for this pattern. With a leftover piece I could not resist a matching hair scarf... verging on twee but I'm going to allow it this once.
Overall I continue to be impressed with Sew Over It - the instructions are clear, the all in one facing leaves you with a nice finish on the inside and the boatneck front neckline / back v neckline is such a nice design. I'm looking forward to doing a proper version of the Betty soon, assuming I don't get sidetracked by any more directional patterns...