Anyway, I have had this particular dress planned for over a year now. I bought this silk cotton fabric on Spoonflower last July with Sewaholic's Cambie dress in mind. I love Arctic animals, and think Narwhals are particularity interesting. Actually, this artist has several designs I'm in love with (seriously, check it out. I can hear you swiping your credit card already). Spoonflower doesn't carry the silk cotton anymore, but there is a silk crepe do chine and a cotton lawn that both look luxurious.
I made up the size 16, with no modifications. Not even for length, which was my mistake. I was having trouble visualizing where the waistband would hit me so I estimated a spot too low for the hemline. S'ok, I did a hem facing to conserve as much length as possible and it worked out well. Meant I was able to put piping on the hem too. Snazzy!
The lining is a cotton voile from Fabricland, and the piping is from Dressew. I wandered through the anxiety-inducing trims section with a swatch of fabric looking for the perfect match. I think I succeeded.
I chose the straight across neckline and view A mostly to maximize my fabric practicality. Spoonflower has wide bands of white on each side near the selvages so the usable printed fabric is closer to 90cm than 115cm.
Mistakes? Surprisingly none. Except that I let vanity get the better of me and I should have left off the front skirt darts, reduced the front bodice darts, and increased the waistband length. Should have. But my plan to "start working on my abs" was much more attractive. Let's not talk about it.
I finished this in time for my birthday, so wore it today as we went out for a birthday lunch. The kids were too excited to let Spartacus take nice photos.
I think this is my new favourite garment! Even more so than my beloved Ginger Jeans.