I'm so excited, I finished my first dress! It's New Look #6067 and I've been drooling over this pattern since I first saw it. I originally intended to use some of my "Soft Ikat" sateen fabric from Spoonflower, but decided I'd better make a test one first. Instead of muslin, I chose to use some of my sample fabric (Snake Skin Gray) from my Backyard Baby collection and I'm so glad I did b/c I just love the way it looks on this dress.
In fact, I think the subtler, tone-on-tone is nicer than the busier Ikat would've been b/c it allows you to see all the lovely pleating and details. Unfortunately, it's a bit small on me, I had to let out the side seams just to be able to get the zipper up! In fact, it's so tight it's starting to pull the pleat stitches apart as you might be able to tell in the closeup shot, maybe I should've used a shorter stitch length?
I also like that this dress has a separate belt. I plan to make some more of these to use with other outfits. The pleating on the bodice does seem to pucker a bit, but when I'm wearing it and moving around I don't think it's that noticeable. I'm pretty sure I'll be making more dresses with this pattern, and using the next size up.
I have a second dress in the works using the Ikat fabric, a pattern with a simpler shape that I think works better with it. All it needs is a zipper and a bottom hem and it too will be finished. I had no idea sewing my own clothes would be so addictive!