|Photos are a bit dark, sorry, it's still winter.|
Alright, now for the nitty gritty. I didn't get around to posting about my first sleeveless Chloe, so I'll share with you now. This pattern fit me really well out of the envelope (or fresh off the printer, I should say - side note - I'm very happy that Victory Patterns are available in paper form now!) I shortened the bodice by 3/4" as usual, as well as sticking with my lengthening of the skirt by 4". Other bloggers have noticed that the sleeveless version leaves a quite low armhole, and I would agree. Some have taken the excess out at the shoulder, but the darts were in a good spot for me and I didn't want them getting too high. I was happy with where the sleeve sat at the underarm in my first attempt, so I raised the armhole using the sleeve as a guide. I added width to the back shoulder at the armhole as well, to make sure bra straps would be covered at all times.
And yes, I even remembered to take some construction photos, if you are interested in seeing how I handled the lace panel.
|Lovely lace close up.|
After measuring the front panel, I was relieved to find that I would only need a piece 18"wide by 36" long. A good thing, since this lace was exactly 36" wide! I shopped around, but lace is always expensive, so $30 for half a yard it was.
First, I soaked the lace in Eucalan and laid it flat to dry. I'm not sure how I'll be washing this dress in future, but a pre-wash seemed like a good idea. And you don't need to rinse with Eucalan, so there was minimal wear and tear on my precious lace.
I marked the hem fold line on the the right side of my front panel linen, then positioned the lace on top, lining up the border with the chalk line. I basted horizontally, and along the edges. Then I trimmed off the bottom selvedge of the lace and serged the two fabrics together.
|Upside down! Oops.|
|If you look very closely, you can see the machine hem stitches.|
So there you have it, one more Chloe for Chloe. As I've said before, it was a match just meant to be.
Let's hear it for the tried and true patterns!