This dress had some potential but I made it into a disaster.
First I cut a size 8 since I'd been sewing 14 or 16 and taking out huge amounts of fabric. Clearly I went a little far the other way. The waste band and neck bands are interfaced with a rigid interfacing and therefore have none of the stretch you would expect- which is why there is a center back zipper in the garment.
However being of superior brain and knowledge I had read the pattern reviews and some commented that they took out the center back zipper, so I did that too- tragic error. Inexplicably, I added a strip down the center back hoping for some stretchiness to get the thing over my head.
So I abandoned the project in favor of something else. I might go back and unpick the pieces and make new bands w/out interfacing but at this point I'm piling up fabric from my trip to New York and patterns from the last pattern sale, so I'm on to the next thing.
I went to the famous Mood Fabrics in New York and spent half a day sifting through all the fabrics. I ended up with some beautiful pieces that I hope to work on soon.
The best thing I got in New York was at Paron Fabrics. First of fall they were hilarious. I went there to buy the latest Burda Magazine and the guy behind the counter told me that it would be $50.00. I said "That's quite a bit more than I pay in Oregon." and they were off talking about the UofO Ducks and I told them I was a Beaver and then the heckling began. I found a beautiful herringbone 25% Cashmere 75% Wool for $45.00 a yard. I decided to go for it- I think the bolt said Diane VonFurstenburg on it. The woman that cut my fabric gave it to me for $35.00 a yard and gave me the rest of the fabric on the bolt. So I got almost 3 yards for the price of much less. It's really nice fabric however might be light for a coat. I'm working on if i can line it and layer it with Thinsulate or something.
Hope everyone had a good Turkey Day. I ate my weight in cheese..... didn't get a good dose of stuffing, think i'll make some for myself to have with the leftovers I brought home.