When I got back I started my dress that I have had the fabric for, for absolutely ages and I just kept going until it was finished. If I have a little break from sewing I forget how the time passes so quickly when you are in the midst of making a garment. Here is the finished dress, no one available to help me with pictures so some awkward in the mirror ones.
Here is one on the hanger but it looks a bit bigger here as I didn't have a purple zip. I still gave it structure with darts but I can just pull it over my head and it is all fully lined.
I thought I would include a few pictures of the process as I rarely use a pattern. I lay out a dress that fits me well ( here it is another shift dress I made for myself, as a result of lots of pinning and trying on).
I then replicate this with the lining, I just realised the other dress is over the back of a chair here and you can't see it!
I lay another piece of fabric under the necklines to make my own facing pieces that fit perfectly.
Then I decide it all needs an iron. Ha!
Move the front piece out of the way and repeat with the back neck.
I sew the shoulders and pin the sides then check on the mannequin. When I am happy with that I sew the side seams, try on myself and make any adjustments with pins. I found I needed a little dart back and front in the arms to stop it gaping. It also needed two little ones at the neck line just to make it lie a little flatter.
I sew on the neck facings, notch, trim then fold back and hand stitch on the inside to make it invisible.
I pin it first
I cut straight strips to face the arm holes
Then sew these on and hand stitch these inside also. I make up the lining and attach it at the shoulder it also gets caught with the neckline, wrong sides facing so it is all neat inside. I machine the lining hem and hand stitch the main dress hem.
I don't know if that makes sense to anyone else the way I do things but I hope it helps. I think patterns can be more confusing.