I saw this beautiful poly shantung fabric on Etsy and fell in love with the color - "true blue" is what the color was called.
In the meantime I did go ahead and cut and constructed the lining. A friend of mine created this design for me and I was able to recreate it in my embroidery software. This will be my own personal label. I stitched it directly into the lining.
Here is the final result and my review.
Lined dress (loose-fitting through bust) has semi-fitted skirt, side back seams, self-lined overlay with left side tuck, side zipper and self belt.
I cut size 14.
I think the instructions were pretty thorough. I did skip around a bit since I had sewn the lining first. And I used my own method of attaching the skirt lining.
There is one thing I would do differently if I were to sew this dress again. Once you fold the pleats and baste them in place, it makes attaching the skirt and bodice very difficult. I ended up using my zipper foot so I could get close enough as the pleat is right at the seam line. In hindsight, I think it would have been easier to thread a long thread through all the layers of the pleats, release the pleats to attach the bodice/skirt and then pull up the thread to secure the pleats.
I LOVED the overlay and side drape. The notches in the neckline were also a nice touch. I loved that the overall shape of the dress is very simple with just the right amount of details.
I already have a request to make one for a friend. I am not sure if I will make another one for myself. It's such a unique dress. But it might be nice in black. I would definitely recommend this to others. The pattern is well-drafted in my opinion.