First of all, the LBD update: the machine work is done! And I've finished all of the work of attaching the lining to the outside of the dress, so all I have left to do is hem the outside and the lining, add a hook and eye at the top of the zipper, and it's done! Though the lining will be a bit of a time-consuming hem, because there's enough of a length difference between that and the skirt that I'm going to have to add a bit of lace to even things up more.
So, since I had a free Saturday yesterday, I caught up on my Pendrell Blouse sewalong work--the finishing post went up on Friday, and I was about 3 posts behind. So, other than removing a few remaining basting stitches, this one is done.
I like the pattern--the directions were very good, and though I spent a huge chunk of the sewing time paranoid that I wouldn't be able to get it on, the FBA turned out beautifully, and I can still pull it on even though it's zipperless. Sadly, I'm not convinced I like it on me. Part of it is the looser fit....
...though belting it in makes a huge difference, I think! (I need something to wear this belt with anyway--I've never actually worn it out of the house, because I've discovered that it doesn't like to stay closed when over layers or clothes that have any bulk, i.e. everything I wear this time of year. But this blouse is thin enough that I think that it won't be a problem.)
The main thing is the ruffles. I don't mind the sleeve cap-like one, but I'm not entirely certain I like the look of the one in the seam. It's kind of prominent, and I'm not generally a ruffle girl. In fact, I was originally going to do it without the seam ruffle, but ended up changing the plan at the last minute so I wouldn't end up with a half-yard of fabric left to try and find a use for later. So I'm trying to decide whether to leave it and see if it grows on me, or try and remove it. (Removing it would be rather difficult, since this fabric frays quite a bit, and the edges are finished in a serged seam.) What do you think?