If you have been following the progress of this garment you will know about my reticence about the gym slip look, but I can now reveal that the gym slip has been kept behind a year in school whereas this dress is ready to go out to the big bad world of work with martinis afterwards.
I lengthened the dress by 7" in the end and is hemmed just below the knee - this is the only design alteration I made. The back has two kick pleats that allow for easily running up stairs and playing hockey.
From the side, the sway back adjustment worked a treat, but you can see I'm still not happy being photographed from this angle.
From the back, I still have a waist and the lapped zipped (that you can't see here) is discrete and in keeping with the 1960s styling.
Here's a close up of those details that aren't easy to see in the above images.
When I attached the lining and the side neckline was reduced by 1.5mm (5/8") on either side and my bra strap shows - so either new bra or sew little ribbons on the inside to hold the strap out of the way.
My attempt at a Joan pout and pose - must keep practising that.
You can check out the stages of this dress here-
1. The start and initial worries
2. Sway back (big bum) adjustment
3. Lapped zipper
Finally, couldn't resist........