After much frustration, and re-making, and modifiying and well, much frustration, my red dress is DONE!
Let me tell you about this dress. First of all, I love it. It's made from red ponte de roma knit. And it's red. It's versatile, it's updated, and well, it's red. I love red.
I made some modifications, of course. I cut a size 18. and did my usual full bust adjustment. and narrowed to a 16 from the hips down. I eliminated the back vent. I enlarged the armholes ( they were very high cut)...and still probably could have cut them away even more.
I also eliminated the zipper. I am terrible at putting in invisible zippers, so my way to get around it was lining the bodice with a black tricot knit ( yes, I actually cut the lining from a thrifted black slip!). This gave it enough stretch to be able to get it over my head comfortably. The rest of the dress is lined in red Bemberg Rayon.
With tights or without, with boots or heels, a sweater, jacket or no topper at all... I can see so many wardrobe possiblities with this dress. I give it two thumbs up!