I know I'm doing the right thing because I didn't panic at all when cutting this red sparrow fabric, which is what I usually did when trying to find a use for it. Also, do you see how perfectly/barely the bodice pattern pieces fit on the red sparrow fabric? It was meant to be! Good thing I had a back up plan for the skirt....
and the sleeves....
This pattern paper had a hilarious G-rated typo on it, too:
Aw yay! Smiles time!
Anyway, I know I'm trying new things with each dress...zipper, sleeves, lining, stretch. This time? Awesome design:
The only bad thing is that I didn't read the instructions very carefully so I have to run back out and get some lining, son of a bitch. The top is lined. Some reviews said you can easily go without, but the forecasted high is going to be two degrees next week. T. w. o. Two as in more letters in the word than degrees on my thermometer next week, so um yeah, I'm opting for the extra layer of fabric.
Question for you: So I mentioned for the fabric I got for the skirt and sleeves were stretch-y. Stretch is what the pattern called for anyway, right? But I looked at the fabric schematic for a while and the line up they suggested had the stretch of the fabric running lengthwise.
My special amateur sewing intuition told me it should run widthwise, though, and I boldly cut the pattern pieces that way. Did I make a mistake? I just folded the fabric with selvedge to other edge, rather than selvedge to selvedge and it all fit and I saw that it was good.