I have yet to get some pictures of my new culottes, so in the meantime I’m sharing some details from a dress I’ve been making. It’s a Lisette dress from Butterick – B6168.
There is a detailed sew-along on the Lisette site, but their version is unlined. So because I’m lining my dress, some pictures might be helpful for anyone who wants to add a lining.
My main fabric is a red linen-look cotton, I bought it locally as the end of a roll. Minerva Crafts looks to have something similar for sale (I’ve sent for a sample and, if it is the same fabric, I might buy some for a light summer top) . It is quite lightweight, so I am lining it with a lightweight cotton that I had lying around.
There are centre front pleats which could make lining it bulky, so the front bodice panels are actually underlined ( both fabric are tacked together and then treated as one piece). The pleats are then folded and held in place with pins or tacking stitches. I made a quick muslin of the bodice and it fit well – so if you’re above a b-cup, you would most likely need to alter the pattern first!
The centre front facing is being attached below:
Here’s how the inside right bodice looks:
The front tab is caught in the stitching of the facing on the right side . The facing is understitched as far as possible:
The tab is then caught onto the left bodice when sewing the other facing on:
Here is how it looks from the inside ,after the fronts were overlapped and the waist band pieces have been attached:
I am working on it in small chunks of time in between other work and it is coming together nicely.
I’ve also cast on a new knitting project!!! I’m determined to have some new knits ready in plenty of time for next winter. All the fantastic entries from SWAP 2015 must have inspired me to start planning my projects ahead of time!!
P.S …..Check out this years winner Kate who blogs at Fabrickated