I love this dress! I didn't love it in it's original form - a long blouse - but I love that I changed it into a dress. BWOF has design details that I almost always love - in this case it was the pintucks. I also love the fabric. It's a tropical weight wool that drapes beautifully and feels great to fondle and even better to wear.
The orignial design had side slits. I was prepared to include them, but luckily I didn't need them for walking ease. I think the slits would have added a casualness to the dress that was incongruous with the fabric.
About half way through this dress I began to get nervous. When the front and back were sewn together, I tried it on and I was really happy with the way things were going. That's when I started to get nervous. I thought to myself, "I'm really loving this dress!" and I was afraid something would go wrong!
A Little BWOF Mystery: The cuffs were supposed to be pintucked, too. After marking and sewing 19 pintucks in each outer cuff, the outer cuff was considerably smaller than the inner, un-pintucked cuff. I assumed I'd pintucked the wrong cuff, so I checked the measurements and cut new cuffs. During this, I realized I had NOT pintucked the wrong cuff. According the the instructions, there are supposed to be 19 pintucks in the cuff 5/8 inch apart and sewn 1/8 inch from the fold. The cuffs were the same size after only 5 pintucks were sewn. There is either something I missed in the instructions or my beloved BWOF provided bad measurements. I prefer to think BWOF made the mistake, although that is unlikely.
I almost ruined this dress with the wrong buttons. I was obsessed with finding the right color button. I was able to match the color, but, blinded by my obsession, I didn't realize the buttons did absolutely nothing for the dress. Carolyn advised me to think of the buttons as jewelry for the dress. That statement woke me up and I went out to get better buttons. Moral of the story: sometimes you do have to sweat the small stuff.
NB: I used the word "pintucks" fourteen times in this post and the previous post. Call Guiness! That's gotta be a world record!