Christmas ESP

My second ESP dress from Decades of Style. I made my first around 2 years ago and it’s been in high circulation since. It’s such a great dress, washing and wearing really well.

When a group of us headed across to Melbourne in September for a friend’s birthday, a couple of us went out to Darn Cheap Fabrics and I found this red rayon. I remember it was a bargain! I think as soon as I’d bought it, it was intended to be another ESP dress.

Last time I made this up, I remember I changed the neckline, but didn’t actually made a proper note of my changes. As soon as I got the pattern out, I regretted this, since I had to fudge the neckline changes! I lowered the front and raised the back. Somehow this time I ended up almost stretching the front, so it looks almost like a cowl neck. I have added tape, but I’m happy with it as is.

I lengthened the bodice, as last time, but I think I may have lengthened it too much. Although I’m kinda happy with this slightly dropped waist. If I shortened it, I’d have to completely cut it off and start again. When I’m happy with it as is, that just seems too much like hard work!

I’ve worn this dress a few times, but kept it to wear on Christmas day. I also wore it the other day for a picnic with some of the WSBN girls down in the Botanic Gardens. Thanks to Leimomi for taking these photos on my big girls camera, which she knew how to wield better than I do!

The details
Fabric:  Red floral rayon from Darn Cheap Fabrics, Melbourne, September 2017.
Notions:  Thread, a dress zip, interfacing for the facings and some tape for the neckline.
Pattern:  Decades of Style, ESP dress from the Decades Everyday Collection, size 40
Changes made:  Bust darts lowered by 3/4 inch, bodice lengthened by 3/4 inch. The front neckline was lowered by approx half inch, and the back neckline raised by the same. I inserted a lapped zip rather than an invisible zip, since I only had a dress zip in stash.
Another one/Recommend:  I’m wishing I’d made a note of my changes properly, but hey, I love this second version of the dress. The instructions I used just to assist with the sleeve insertion. After that I made the dress up my own way.

I would recommend this pattern. It’s a great dress and I love both my versions. It needs a fabric with drape, but definitely recommended. And who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?

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