This is another great dress from Cynthia Rowley. She really includes wonderful little details that pay off in a big way. For this dress, the optional fringe down the front, around the neck, and along the bottom of the skirt really added the perfect finishing touch. I spent nearly 3 hours using a pin to pull apart the threads one by one, but it was more than worth it. The fringe adds a punch of fun to this black dress.
Another small but appreciated detail of this pattern was the seemingly random pleating of the skirt. With all of these details and a lined bodice, this is no quick dress to construct (though it never should have taken me 3 months!). But I am really very happy with the end result. I cut my usual alterations to the pattern; I made a size 10 through the shoulders, grading to a 12 at the bust and 14 at the waist.
I also learned that black is very hard to photograph! Many more projects to be posted soon - I recovered my couch this weekend, and got a good start on my Christmas sewing. Seeing A Christmas Carol last week really put me in the holiday mood!