Inspired by Debi's 'Everybody Loves Parfait dress' http://www.sewweekly.com/2011/02/the-everybody-loves-parfait-dress-debi-fry.html
I have heaps & heaps of inherited corduroy.. so back in Feb when I saw Debi's purple parfait it actually inspired me to order the pattern. Her's was such a nice jewel tone purple and I was keen to use my jewel toned teal/green. While Debi's used a light cord, mine is quite heavy - my initial description was 'velvety' .. but as I was sewing this up I did start to think it was a bit 'chenille' like. Oh no!! I'm going to be a walking bedspread. I forced myself to continue despite the following thoughts - some students will pick me up and take me back to their dorm thinking I'm a 70's couch left out for grabs.. or.. people will think I've skinned a muppet! As I was fitting this my husband and his work colleague turned up.. fab timing... and the colleague said - 'hmm velour', which certainly didn't help ease my fears. I added the gold buttons (also from inherited stash.. which was met with 'you look very Irish'. Oh dear.. what have I done... not sure I'll be brave enough to venture out in this one now!! (side note - Debi.. there are thistles on my buttons just for you!)
Couple of things I did differently - Since my fabric was so heavy I left off the pockets. I also left out the midriff facing. I wanted to reduce bulk for getting that zipper in! I used a matching quilting cotton for the bodice & strap facings again to limit bulk. I interfaced the bodice facing, but only put interfacing in the straps where the buttons and buttonholes would be for reinforcement.
The bust is very roomy. I did use the sz. 2 bodice front and all other pieces are sz. 6. They fit together fine because the only joining seam is gathered to fit anyway.
So.. all that said. Do I look like a muppet?! promise I won't cry... much.