Here's another dress I made for my senior design class! It's tailored for my friend Megan who is wearing it in the picture. The pattern is basically the same as the trench dress I just posted, but altered to be one-shouldered! It has wide bias facings turned to the outside. I found the technique in a high-fashion sewing book and I will definitely use it again. You can do the same thing with shaped facings, too, it's really easy to do and it secures the facings completely. It'd be an easy way to add contrast trim to a little mod dress.
The real special part of this dress is the pieced bow on the back of the skirt. It's finished on the inside with narrow seam allowances and a 3mm zigzag, pressed open. It lies surprisingly flat, especially after I nipped out all the extra fabric from the intersections and topstitched it with heavy thread to define the shape of the bow more and make it look more ribbon-like!
The bow was inspired by a famous Schiaparelli sweater with a bow knitted into the design that almost caused a riot when it was released in 1927, hope my designs can do that some day haha.
It's cotton twill with an exposed back zipper, totally machine washable. I think I still need to take it in a bit more, I wound up having to wear it for a presentation and I'm a bit thicker than my friend, haha. Do you like it?