I finished the brown lace dress and I'm really happy with it - but it is too cold to wear a lace dress over a measley little slip! That will get worn when the weather is a little more temperate. So I sewed another dress, out of wool jersey and with long sleeves. This is Style Arc's Marita dress:
It is a very fast and easy dress. I actually sewed it last weekend in a very inexpensive ITY knit I had purchased from Fabric Mart in a what-was-I-thinking moment. The fabric was so loud and obnoxious I could never picture myself wearing it (a purple and black leopard print) so I was a little relieved that it was too tight and I could proclaim it a muslin and toss it into the recycling bin.
The folds in the cowl come out much drapier in a lighter knit, but I really loved it in this wool jersey, too. When I wear ITY knits at this time of year, static cling is a real problem so a high quality (to me that means a non-itchy fabric) jersey is the better choice.
Once again, I think I sewed the entire thing on the serger, although I did sew the sleeve and bottom hems by hand, using a catch stitch.
This is a Spanx dress for sure. But you know, I don't mind wearing Spanx at all, especially in cooler weather. Now in the summer, no - I will stick with loose linen, thank you very much.
It was a beautiful day and I wish I had photos but my Samsung doesn't take good pictures in low light. We went to a celebration party for Miss Celie and her charming new husband. I really enjoyed seeing the Slapdash Sewist and La Cubanita Cose, because we were all wearing self-sewn creations.
I already said this, but I will say it again - it was a lovely day. Miss Celie found herself a keeper and I couldn't be happier for them!
edited to add this photo from the party: