Pink and white summery dress with shirring
A while back I cut out a bunch of dresses for myself, several using this, my old standby favorite pattern. It's out of print but the idea is pretty basic--strapless, princess-seamed bodice and whatever skirt you darn well please.
I used a lovely cotton lawn that my mom had extra of. It's almost sheer, very nice quality, thinner and crisper than a quilting print. I cut out the bodice of a sturdy white twill as the lining, and actually boned it a little, just on the sides, to keep it up better. I cut the front and back pieces out larger than I thought I'd need, and on the bias, and then gathered and shirred them over the lining. I tacked it all down by hand since I didn't want the seams showing on this one. Sometimes I don't care, but it's nice on this to have the anchor stitches hidden.
I miss sewing for myself more! Especially when it's summer, and time to wear cute dresses! Have you made any great ones recently?