At the beginning of Me Made May, I said I wanted to make an office-friendly dress to wear to my part-time job. In the month of May, I didn’t get very far past cutting out the pieces, but I finally got it sewn up in June. Overall, I’m really happy with it. The fit is pretty great, and my only complaint is that I wish I hadn’t done the notched neckline. I chose to add that detail because the dress is fairly plain, but the notch has some minor puckering at the bottom, and it always looks slightly off center to me. I’ve measured it so many times and finally came to the conclusion that I’m the one that’s not symmetrical, not the dress. I’m doesn’t spoil how much I like this dress, though.
I self lined the bodice since I had enough fabric for it, but the fabric is heavy enough that I didn’t feel like the skirt needed a lining. That left me a little stuck on how to cleanly attach the bottom of my bodice. I have a dress my mom made me with just the bodice lined, so I knew a nice way to do it existed, but when I took a closer look, I saw that she carefully hand-stitched it. It’s a beautiful detail, but I’m way too lazy for that, so I decided to attempt my own “invisible” join by turning up the bottom of the bodice lining, basting it in place, and stitching in the ditch at the waist seam. I’m massively pleased with how it turned out. You have to look really close to spot the line of stitching, and it makes the bodice so much prettier on the inside. Making that work more than cancelled out my annoyance about the neckline notch.