Some time ago I negotiated a baby sitting favour with my mum in exchange for making her a maxi dress. Anyone else and I would have dealt with the kids. But I do love her and she doesn't ask for much.
Even though I was happy to sew her a dress, it was still a bugger to make. I really don't like making clothes for other people. It's so stressful worrying about the fit and finish, not to mention how hard it is to get motivated to hit the machine when you don't get something nice to wear at the end.
This dress took me over six weeks to make - stopping periodically to check it fit her. As I share a different body shape to mum, mainly in the bust department, I chose to use the Cake Tiramisu pattern (borrowed from a friend to save $$) for the bodice as it has cup size options for fit and its not super low cut. This worked a treat and it meant that I didn't need to learn an FBA.
Vogue 1027 and a semi self drafted a skirt. Well really, I just guessed the shirt shape and pleated it under the bodice until it fit, which I think gives the skirt a nice amount of volume without bunching.
I'm glad this is finished and I'm really pleased with this dress. I think mum looks fabulous in it. Now to start planning my holiday sewing! Only two more sleeps!