As a reminder, here is the pattern - Simplicity 3858, from sometime in the 50's:
Here's a close-up of the bodice - it fits fine now that I have underlined it:
I'm not that happy with the way the roll collar is sitting, despite doing it about three times - and then it changes whenever you tie the bow! If I was the designer, I'd separate the collar and bow to avoid this problem. Then you could exchange the bow with something else when it takes your fancy.
This shot shows the skirt gathers better - they're not too unflattering despite the fact I have quite a large
The gathers sew into a piped waistline which is a lovely finish that I must remember:
And I used some yellow ribbon this time for the inner waistline:
And here's a detail of the facings catch-stitched to the underlining:
After all that work I'm not sure I'll wear this dress much - I can't pinpoint what I don't like about it, but it just doesn't feel right. Maybe it is the prissy bow neckline, or maybe I don't have the right shoes, or maybe it is just that fabric that has been telling me to leave it alone since day one. I'll hang it up and see how I feel after a week of no Red Spots!
And just in case you haven't been following the Red Spot Dress story, here are the links to previous posts!
On Hitting the Wall and Not Giving Up
Underlining the Bodice
More Machine Underlining Tips