This one is from a rich, plum poly/viscose knit that I’ve had in my stash for years. I decided that, being polyester, I could sacrifice the fabric if need be, but now I’m quite fond of it.
This is definitely a cooler weather dress (and luckily we had a really chilly bit of weather so I could wear it), the knit is firm but with a nice drape and a lovely hand, but it’s one step away from being a ponte in terms of thickness. However, this was a second toile, so what did I do? Almost nothing. This time I made a medium at the top grading down to a small at the hips. I flirted with the idea of doing a sway back adjustment, but in the end I didn’t and it’s ok. Although this isn’t the best photo of the back, the dress does hang pretty straight.
I decided at the last minute to add a pocket. I’m not sure whether this was such a good idea, but here it is
Only on one side and plonked on top. It’s actually rather badly placed so I can’t put my hand in fully as it looks a bit embarrassing, but this is a toile, so I’ll know better next time! In terms of construction, I just overlocked all the seams and overstitched the hems. The neck I did as per Maria’s instructions, with the clear elastic, and it really is a brilliant way to get a flat, nicely finished neckline with no danger of it stretching out.
Fabric was from Potter’s, a half-price remnant bought when they were closing their Leederville store. Shoes are Neo from Zomp, and I have dressed up this rather plain dress with a vintage French necklace.