Frocktober always comes as a bit of a surprise. How is it, that all the perfectly reasonable sundresses you put away at the end of the warm weather have become mysteriously faded and shabby when you get them out again next time it warms up?
I am in urgent need of cool to wear dresses, and fortunately have a lovely stash of unused dress patterns which I may get through by the time I am 90.
This frock is not quite my cup of tea - yet. I am blaming my purchase of this pattern on the name, and on the novels of Alexander McCall Smith. I cannot abide drinking rooibos, but his wonderful character Precious Ramostwe does constantly. I think she might wear a frock like this. It is practical, shapely, and modestly cut (other than the length of the skirt in the original state of the pattern), but with some details that are possibly a bit youthful for me - or maybe it is my fabric that is the issue.
I like the pocket shaping, the fancy curved waistband, the piping, and the almost-collar.
I think I might wear a different version of a frock like this, in a more grown-up fabric combination in public (rather than just virtual public), but this one will be very useful for wearing around the house.
I did not make a toile. This one is my "wearable muslin", from quilting cotton with a luxurious silk and cotton twill blend for the contrast fabric (it doesn't take much). I used the pattern piece facings for the armscye and back neck, but extended the front facing to fully line the upper bodice. The retrofitting was reasonably easy, with no FBA, no short waistedness adjustment and no extra room for generosity of backside (yay for the torso block on Colette patterns for the more curvy!). I did make a square shoulder adjustment and took in the waist at the back, which as far as I am concerned, makes this one practically fitting out of the envelope. In addition, I cut out the skirt at the longest length (size 18+, Traditionally built Precious would fit into this size range) and made an itsy bitsy hem.
On second thoughts, I will definitely need another one.
On third thoughts, I have a lot of other dress patterns.
Stashbusting statistics, around 3m according to the back of the pattern envelope, fabrics 2010 from StitchBliss and 2011 from Michael's Fabrics