Anyway, long story short...I made a tiki-inspired version of Retro Butterick B5708 for 2012's Tiki Oasis. Here's the pattern envelope photo. As with all retro patterns I made it one full size down from my usual measurements.
...and here's the ONE photo I was able to snap of the finished dress that came out all right.
At home standing on the fireplace again. Uy. Oh well.
What I will say about this dress is that I love it. There were some tricky bits construction-wise but if I was a more seasoned seamstress it would have been a bang-it-together-with-your-eyes-closed breeze. I get tons of compliments when I wear it, and I wear it a lot. It makes me very happy.
However, there is some ish to be dealt with. The shoulder ties have a mind of their own. You don't get to decide how it will be tied, THEY do. Also, it's not really designed for the large of bust. There is no built in support of any kind. If you are a D+ like me, you've really got to wear it with a longline strapless bra to make it even remotely okay.
The one I wear is the Dominique from Lauren Silva lingerie, It's only $39 dollars and I love it. It's actually quite pretty and it's got a plunge back, which is extremely handy.
|Dominique Satin Low Back Plunge Strapless|
In closing, it's a great dress but would work best on someone without a large chest. With the sarong-inspired tied shoulders (just perfect for tiki and Polynesian prints) and the classic 50s shape, this pattern is the very essence of Tikibilly! I dig it. If I made it again I might add some boning to the side bodice and maybe more gathers where the lower bodice meets the boob area. I think it would be great, and very sexy, with a straight skirt instead of a full one.
Now if only I could photograph it without making crazy face? Maybe the problem is all the tiki drinks I seem to consume while wearing it? Hmmm... Here is a relatively non-crazy-face photo that I snaffled from Facebook of me wearing the dress at Tiki-O this past August.
...and with that, 2013's Tiki-O is finally put to bed.
I'm already looking forward to sewing for next year. The 2014 theme is Beatnik so I feel like that excludes a lot of pretty dresses and I really don't want to go all blackety-black-black. I might have to get creative! Or maybe I'll just re-create all of Liz Taylor's beatnik mamma outfits from The Sandpiper! Whee!