New Look 6071, a Workroom/Project Runway pattern that just went out of print, so if you're interested in purchasing it, do it soon. I really was not that interested in it myself until I saw Andrea of Fabric Epiphanies great series on this pattern: number 1, number 2, number 3, number 4, and number 5!
Inspired by her flattering versions, I bought the pattern myself. I had some blue sweater knit fabric from Joann Fabric that I thought would be a good match. I cut a 14 at the neckline and added an inch to the side seams, tapering out from under the arms. Tissue-fitting revealed that the sleeves were very narrow and I actually added almost an inch to the width all the way down the sleeve to the wrist. I also added a little to the length of the sleeves and the skirt.
I liked the interest added at the bodice with the twist and the pleats. Instructions were good on this. The neckline is finished with a facing. After reading some reviews and fearing gaping issues, I shortened the facing to somewhere between the size 10 and size 12. I'm really glad I did, and if I make this again I will shorten that even more, which helps snug up the neckline. The neckline still ended up a little lower than I am comfortable with, so I hand-tacked it together, giving me another inch of coverage.
All in all, this dress is okay. I like the interest in the bodice, and the slightly A-line skirt is a nice change for me. Definitely wearable. The main thing I don't like about it is that it shows how thick I've gotten this winter while I was bundled up under my giant sweatshirts, and how much work I'm going to have to do to keep from getting thicker. That's a little discouraging. However, I do think I will try it again. I think it might look nice in a stripe and as a top.
As for the photos, I didn't use the self-timer, but I set the tripod up and set the shots up myself. Then I set my husband behind the camera and told him to just push the button. I still don't understand how I can take more flattering shots of myself than he can take of me....... Anyway, these shots were taken outside, where I was constantly getting photo-bombed by my furry friends and my youngest son,
who was lovingly mocking me (now you can understand why it is so hard for me to look at ease). But it's only fitting he should have his own photo (even though he's making a face), because this week he was the last of my offspring to pass from childhood into teen-age-hood. Happy birthday - and yes, we did celebrate with ice cream cake!!