Toile for a Friend

One of my Patchwork & Quilting friends is to attend a Ball at the beginning of October and she has asked for assistance in making a dress to wear. After much discussion we first made a toile of a Princess-seamed dress with a view to making a cocktail dress – possibly with a lace overlay – not too dissimilar to ones that I have made in the past to wear on formal nights when on a cruise. Neither of us was particularly pleased with the resultant toile and in hindsight I realised that princess seaming was not ideal for lace overlay as it would “interfere” too much with the design of the lace.

Back to the drawing board. Pat reviewed the current pattern books and decided on a very different design. Using a fine printed jersey fabric she proposed the view that was sleeveless, with a cowl neckline and full length.  I brought the pattern home with me and prepared an amended paper pattern before making a shorter version toile using some Peach jersey fabric from my stash. My first impression was that it is a nice design, relatively easy to sew but the cowl may be too low, we shall have to wait and see what Pat thinks. closeup cowl neckline                  full front short length