They are finished. I shortened the shoulder straps and sewed on hook and eyes down the front.
I want these to be something I can put on myself. There's nothing worse than having to have help to get dressed.
Unfortunately I used the wrong hooks. They were all that I had but they are not at all suitable. I can get 1 or 2 hooks done up but as soon as I go to do up number 3, number 1 will undo or 1 and 2 undo. It doesn't matter if I start at the bottom or the top edge.
Solution......remove the hooks and replace them with some that have a lump in them. The lump helps stop them coming undone. Thus will mean a physical trip to my local sewing centre - not a trip I can do atm as, well, covid lockdown.
The dress I made went together quite well. The pattern called for inter lining as well as lining. I only did the lining in both the bodice and the skirt. I used a purple print poly cotton fabric with white satin lining. It also uses ties at the back that are threaded thru casings. Again, I want to be able to dress myself so I did not do the casings. I installed a zip up the centre back. This needs replaced......the type it is requires the zip tab to be locked down otherwise it just opens extremely easily.
The Spencer I am happy with. I used a plain purple polar fleece and lined it with white satin. I did shorten the sleeves before I realised the cuff is supposed to be folded back.... oops. But they finished the right length to my wrist. So if I fold the cuff back they become 7/8 sleeves. This is acceptable to me.
I have more plain poly cotton fabric in a purple to make another dress, this time with long sleeves. The print dress has short sleeves. Not too sure at this stage if I want to make another dress the same, make the other one in the pattern (the neck line is a bit different) or try to work out how to make a open front bib style. I dont have a pattern for this. If I did the bib front style I think I will be able to dress myself easily....
I have also made a cream chemisette which is basically an under shirt that only goes down to your waist. I used a seamwork dress pattern, only did the bodice part and left the side seam open where the zip would have gone. Going to put ties at the side but it fits and looks nice on.
When I get all these issues sorted I will pop us a few pics for you all.