|Source: Modcloth via Casey on Pinterest|
I decided that I would go with the full, pleated skirt that was included in the pattern because honestly, I was tired of sewing fitted skirts and dresses when I made this. It worked out perfectly because I realized that I really like this type of skirt on me.
I really love this neckline. Instead of a regular zipper, I inserted an invisible zipper. I also did not make the button placket functional. I just slip-stitched it closed and added the two buttons. This was mainly because I did not have three of the correct size buttons on hand that matched the dress. These two that I had looked really good, but wouldn't hold the front shut on their own without gaping.
I also constructed this dress using the flat method. I sewed all of the front pieces together, bodice front, waist band front, and skirt front. I did the same with all of the back pieces. Then I sewed the front to the back, inserted the zipper, then the sleeves, and hemmed it. This method works even better if the dress has a back zipper. It allows you to make easy alterations on the side seams. This is how I construct many of my dresses.
What do you think? Do you like the inspiration dress with its slim skirt or the fuller skirt version? Have you ever used the flat method to construct dresses (or anything else)?