This shows the original concept drawing, plus the final garment. If you scroll down further, there are also some notes on how I would make this dress differently if I were to remake it.
The fabric I used for this dress was viscose, and I had never sewn with viscose before this. I found that the dress was far looser than I expected. The dress the very comfortable and lightweight and great for summer (despite being black). With this viscose I didn't need the lining that I do with the lightweight cottons I love (they are far too see-through!).
If making it again with viscose I would reduce the ease in the bust and waist, and I would also lower the neckline. Although it is lightweight, cool and comfortable, I feel that it is a bit frumpy. It would definitely be better with a lower neckline and with a shorter length - just above the knee - but my problem is that at the moment I have swollen knees due to inflammatory arthritis, so I need that longer length.
This dress was based on a shop purchased garment that I liked, however that one was a winter dress made out of a heavier fabric. I would try this again with a light winter wool but make it shorter to wear with tights and knee length boot. (With tights my swollen knees are not so obvious).
Credit for the Stock Photo I used to create the Vector Croquis on this page:
Irina Bogolapova from 123RF Stock Photos
Copyright: kiraliffe / 123RF Stock Photo