Till now I've seen three versions of this dress: Tany made it, and on Patter Review there are reviews of Merteuil and Kay Y. All of them are lovely and from the first time I saw it, thought I would make it. I did have the fabric, that I intended for a dress from the moment I bought it and didn't want to leave it till next year.
In all reviews, the construction of the front was regarded as difficult.
I decided to trace the pattern and do it my way, because I had a similar experience with another BWOF dress last year.
What BWOF wants you to do is make the neckline and add the band over the front. What I did was take the part from the band off the pattern for front and back. I made the neck band completely separate and after it was finished attached it to the front and back. Let me show you what I did with the neckline.
|I joined the pattern pieces for front and back neckline at the shoulder, so that there would only be a center back seam. |
The neckband is cut twice.
BTW: I made the neckline 3 cm higher, BWOF often is too low for convenient wearing without a camisole.
|One side interfaced with knit fusible interfacing (no black in my stash, white was only a bit left too, therefor the line on the shoulder), and sewed center back and center front of both the front and facing neckband. |
|Center front sewed exactly till the seamline.|
|Front and back neckband were sewn together, right sides together. Trim and clip as needed before turning. |
I then topstitched the center front and neckline.
The neckband is ready.
|After sewing the shoulder seams (careful gathering is needed, as Kay Y mentioned in her review) the neckband was attached to the front and back. |
To be continued... as is my I wear what I sew series. Today it was tan linen pants with a rtw white camisole and blouse.