Another maxi-dress using Butterick 5181, Misses Dress with lined, close-fitting bodice and slightly flared skirt in three lengths, above mid-knee, lower calf or below ankle. The fabric is 100% cotton in black w/cream dots (from Walmart) and the midriff band is red polyester/cotton blend (from Fulton Fabrics).
I underlined the bodice with black polyester lining and the midriff with the same red fashion fabric. Serged all the seams and for the neckline and armholes folded to the wrong side and stitched twice. Noticing that the neck line was low, I sewed past the end mark for the neckline. Oh' how could I forget, in the process of sewing up the bodice & midriff I inadvertently sewed the back seam, thereby forgetting about the zipper (another episode of forgetting something!!! sheesh).
I considered removing the stitches, but in a heart beat decided to try it on and to my surprise I was able to get it over my head & my arms through and proceeded with the skirt portion. The back is a mirror image of the front, that I can't really tell the front from the back... (I need to stop watching tv while sewing and of course I do not have any more sewing labels...humbug, I'll eventually slap a crochet label in it...lol)
The skirt on the other hand was a total PITA... The skirt pieces included front panel cut on the fold and the back - cut in 2 pieces and each of the back pieces sewed to either side of the front panel. There was just way too much fabric, I thought my first dress had too much fabric, but this was extreme. I again avoided the gathering and removed an exorbitant amount of fabric from the skirt, not sure how much, but it was more than the first one.
Once I'd completed the dress, I noticed the armholes are too low and had to fumble around for the right bra that wouldn't show in the event I wanted to raise my hands in the air and shake 'em like I just don't care...lol
Another thing of note, I have crows feet along the upper part of either side of the bodice and thinking it may be due to sewing the lining and fashion fabric off kilter.
Lastly, in the process of shaving off massive skirt fabric I inadvertently tapered the skirt a tad too much, but able to walk without looking like I was ramrod straight...haha
The end result... after parading around in it like some sort of diva with its lil hiccups, the dress is wearable and it looks like I have hips....yeah. However it will become a short dress (with all the on and off again rain, if I happen to get caught in it and need to leap over a puddle in that dress it wouldn't be a pretty sight - so a short dress it will be).
Off to start another project with the TV turned OFFFFFF!!!.. lol