Design Challenge – Princess Seam Dress
Folks, I have a design challenge for you. I have this princess-seamed summer dress that fits me great and I just love, plus it’s probably the most comfortable garment in my wardrobe for these hot, humid south Louisiana summers. I have some gorgeous gabardine in several coordinated colors: navy, yellow, hot rose and a kind of kelly/olive green (which color would work in any season).
I have attached a sketch of the design I have in mind. I have two questions: First, any brilliant ideas come to mind for detailing the front? I sketched it to include a faux over/underlap with buttons. Here’s my plan to accomplish that: Add a healthy CF seam allowance instead of cutting it on the fold and then manipulating it so that it appears I have the over/underlap. (In other cases I have simply extended the CF fold, say, 2″ or so, stitching it at the original seamline, then opening it up and pressing the CF fold line over the stitching line, followed by buttons down CF. I use this design technique a lot.)
My plan in my sketch is to do it with bias loops to add to the genuine look of the over/underlap. I also thought about designing some type of embroidery. Second question: Color combinations? My husband, who seems to have a good design eye (I hate to admit it, but it’s better than mine) thinks it would be awesome in navy blue and white, which means I’ll have to go purchase the white, something I’d rather not do.)
Third: I have always done a bound armhole and neckedge with a CB zipper. It’s fast, easy and foolproof and reduces an additional layer of fabric (i.le., facing) that can get real hot and uncomfortable. Where the two colors join, don’t y’all think my binding should change colors as well? I tried to draft the sketch to see what it would look like with a navy blue binding, but I think that detracts from the lines of the garment.
Fourth: I considered cutting a hem facing and stitching it right sides to the hemline with a scalloped edge, which would enable me to do some really cool embroidery, but if I do that, don’t y’all think I should eliminate the two-tone garment and make it a solid? I don’t want the dress to get too overdone. I like it very simply stated.
Designers out there? Help?