This one was very easy to do: only took me about 7 hours. The collar isn't attached; it's just one whole piece and then the neckline folds down to make a collar. The interfacing in the top bodice layer helps stiffen the collar. Unfortunately my interfacing is super stiff and makes the dress quite rigid, and I'm worried that the interfacing will get creased with time after all the collar folding.
Nevertheless the entire dress is a fabulous design. I think I may very well do another one but maybe D, E, or F. That way I won't have to sunscreen my back when I'm out and about! Yes, I am that pale!
Lots of hand sewing on this one. I had to slipstitch the lining of the bodice closed AND the entire hemline of the skirt as well. There is an extra piece of facing so that the material around the button holes and buttons is more secure and it made it so I couldn't do my good ol' blind hem!
Then there are also 12 buttons that had to be sewn on too! Good thing I love hand sewing!
Materials: Maroon flat sheet from Indooroopilly McIntyre Centre (approx $3.50), sewing pattern from St Vinnies Fortitude Valley (50c), 12 buttons from RSPCA Sherwood ($2.50), interfacing from Keperra Lifeline (25c).
Cost to make: $6.75
Do you like it plain or do you prefer it with a vintage belt?