So here she is in all her glory... my Olive Grove! I actually finished this dress a couple of months ago, but I was vainly waiting until I could post it without the crappy selfie shot. Clearly you'll be waiting a while!
I'm pretty happy with this dress on the whole, but I'm not completely happy with the fit. I actually made muslins of the bodice, in two sizes, tried it on, could see that the fit wasn't right, but was too inexperienced to know how to fix it and if what I was trying to do was helping or hindering. Now that the dress is done, I wish that I'd taken in the side seams at the top of the bodice in, as there's quite a bit of excess fabric there. I'm also not really that happy with the shoulders, as they are too high and make me look a bit like a linebacker, but again, I just wasn't quite sure how to fix that. I mean, I could take in the shoulder seams at the top, which is what I was going to do, but then do I have to alter the shape of the shoulders to keep the cap sleeves? Would a horizontal tuck across the bodice have helped? i tried this and it was looking good, but then it was riding up at the bottom too much. You can see the horizontal creases from my shoulder seams. Sigh.
I dunno. I just didn't have the confidence that I wasn't going to screw things up royally by trying any of the above and I just got overwhelmed and steam rolled ahead.
I might bring out the muslin now and have a play, now that the stakes are lower and I've already got the dress... it might help for next time and I'm sure I'll learn a lot from the process now that I'm not as anxious about it.
So other than those two flaws, I love this dress. It's comfortable and easy to wear and I love, love, love the big pockets. I learnt so many techniques too - darts, curved seams, in-seam pockets, FRENCH SEAMS (I told you that I loved those!) and a few more. I feel more and more confident behind the machine, and I'm getting better at piecing everything together and crafting the clothes, too. I need to improve my finishing techniques, but I can see big improvements in my finishing techniques and the neatness of the insides of my clothes now that I've completed three outfits.
So here you are - my (not so) new dress! It's gotten a lot of wear since I made it, too.