I wanted to participate to Winnie's Polka Dot FrockFest, but I didn't want to buy the pattern, and I wasn't sure that I would be able to find a polka dot fabric that inspired me. I would not normally work with polka dots, but I was up for the challenge. It definitely took me a while before I found something that inspired me. Something about the rich deep brown/aubergine colour of this fabric and the contrasting texture of the velvet polka dots caught my eye.
So forgive me Winnie for bending the rule of your challenge! The pattern is not actually New Look 6000, but my interpretation of it. It seems that my pleats are deeper and the collar wider than the original, but other than that, I'm happy with the result. The ease of this dress is just the right amount. I'm going to aim for that in the future.
On sewing with taffeta:
This was the first time I sewed with taffeta and I must say that it certainly won't be the last. Taffeta has really such a nice weight, and could make the simplest thing look expensive, even if you're only working with synthetic taffeta ($14 a yard on Queen West in Toronto) as I was. I could see taffeta working really well with By Hand London's Elisalex dress, for example. (Psst, have you SEEN Heather Lou's version. Amaaaazing.) I'm not 100% sure about the pairing of taffeta with this particular dress pattern, though, with all the pleating. I'm still debating whether or not to top-stitch the pleats, to set them in place. My mom said "Absolutely not." but I'm not sure. Also, as you can see the pleating on the side seem to be pulling at the back, or maybe it was just my posture in this particular photo.
On the Pattern Drafting Process:
Drafting this dress from my skirt and bodice blocs was fairly simple once my pattern drafting instructor put me in the right direction and told me to first transfer the front waist darts to the sides. After that, creating the star was straight-forward with the slash and spread method. The first two pleats are actually the bust darts rotated on the side, as you can see bellow. Although I had initially tried to split one dart into two, I later realized it was a bad idea. There was no modifications to the back, I kept the waist darts and everything.
If you want more, you can pop over to the Polka Dot Frock Fest Flicker Group to have a look at everyone's polka dot dresses.
Happy sewing everyone!