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You should know that hibiscus is my absolute favoritest flower ever ever ever. I would wear tropical hibiscus print all year if I could.
When looking for a pattern I knew I wanted it simple enough to look doable for me, but I also wanted a nice full skirt. I finally landed on this one:
Butterick B5748. This dress features a low scoop back, side zip, and full circle skirt. I did view B, which is the dress without the notches and bows. However I did alter the neckline to be a V neck instead of scoop. V necklines just flatter me better. I actually really like the low scoop back feature of this dress, which I did not expect. Once I finally bought my fabric, I brought it home to pre-treat. After washing it Lily promptly found it a great place to nap.
Well, whatever. All my clothes are covered in animal fur anyway.
I made a muslin of the bodice to make sure it was everything I wanted (and more!) and made the alterations I wanted. Mostly the ones as expected. Widened the waist, shortened the straps, changed the neckline.
There were some challenges while making this dress. The biggest one was that I could not for the life of me figure out understitching, so my lining isn't sewn down. Then when I put it on, I realized I needed to shorten the bodice. A lot. Also, since I was planning on wearing a slip with this dress, I didn't fully line the skirt according to the instructions. So I kind of winged it. It worked fine, except where it came to the zipper. I had trouble getting all nice and neat and where everything was supposed to be. Eventually I made it work. Also since I didn't line the dress according to the instructions, my lining was free flowing. I decided to just hem it and tack it in place at the seams. When I've worn the dress I haven't had any issues with it, so that method worked just fine for me. Finally when it came to hemming the dress, I wasn't sure how to best hem a circle skirt. My friend came over and helped me measure the hem from the floor up. Google gave me a few different options so I decided to use a bias binding and hand sew the hem. This worked perfectly. It took me a couple nights in front of the TV to finish, and Lily kept trying to climb into my lap full of fabric, pins and a sharp needle. But we made it work. Here is the finished dress with my hand made crinoline underneath:
Plus a bonus shot of the back. Pardon the crappy pictures.