attracted to this style by the narrowness of the V-neck and the back neck collar, plus I knew I'd enjoy working through the collar construction. I used some Robert Kaufmann medium weight Chambray Dobbies Hash that I've had for three years waiting for the right project and it turned out to be a winning combination!
The standard seam allowance on Assembly line patterns is 1cm (3/8") so I made a rough toile of the top part of the dress to test the depth of the V and fit around the sleeves. I went for quite a close fit and ended up raising the V point by around 1/2" which also brings the neckline in slightly and added a rounded back/shoulder alteration which is standard for me. Fitting for this style is all about the neck, shoulders and bust; getting those areas to fit well avoids the sack-like potential that can easily happen on a dress with optional waist definition.
The tie belt has an interfaced centre section so there's a little extra body against your back and I think it helps it to stay in place too.
If I'm working at home, I take the belt off. It's a relaxed fit but not voluminous. I'm really happy with it! It's quite a quick make so I'm planning my next version, I've got some lovely Intermix chambray from Plush Addict which is a soft woven in a medium weight and I'd like to try the sleeves at full length and add a little extra length in the lower skirt. The boots are Sanita Puk, I sold a few bits and pieces and bought myself these and I love them! There's nothing like the sound of clog boots.
It's such an easy elegant style to wear, another win from The Assembly Line. The Apron Dress is next...
Fabric suggestions: Quotes Chambray at Eternal Maker