Gertie is one of my favorite seamstresses/sewing instructors – I’ve been following her for years and have all her books and most of her patterns (Simplicity/Butterick, and her own line, Charm Patterns). Her most recent is the Jane Set pattern- which features this lovely bodice paired with capris or shorts. I’m not quite ready to dive into the capris but I LOVE that bodice so I set out to pair it with a pleated skirt!
I first made a muslin, which ended up being 2 muslins to get the right fit:
Once I got the fit correct, I went about “fussy cutting” this beautiful fabric (also Gertie’s – she has a gorgeous vintage inspired fabric line) to make best use of the borders and different sized flowers:
The instructions were straightforward and I only had one hiccup: I forgot to add my pockets and had to seam rip the side seams of the skirt to put them in. I debated doing this but decided I HAD to have pockets!
I love the interior details of this dress! The inside is just as pretty as the outside:
And… ta-da! Now that I have this bodice down, I’m going to use my Hawaiian fabrics and attach sarong skirts for some Summer vacation dresses!