I'm a sucker for solids. I mean I love a good polka dot and floral fabric, but I do gravitate towards solids a lot. I've been wanting to make the Lily dress in Navy for quite some time. I've just put it aside for other patterns, but I do like the simplicity and fit of the Lily dress. The Lily dress is my ideals silhouette and pattern.
I did make some alterations/adjustments to this dress. I've made these adjustments after I made my first purple and pink Lily, pre-blogging days. I didn't add the neck flaps, pocket flaps, or the vent in the back. I wanted a narrower strap to make it slightly modern, so I took out 3/4 inch from the straps. I added 5/8 inch to the waist. I think I can add more.
Let's talk FBAs! I added 1/2 inch FBA following the tutorial for the Georgia Sew Along. It works for the Georgia dress, but the Lily is different. It's not like I don't know how to do a FBA on princess seams, I was LAZY! Oh, well, you live, and you learn I guess. I'm not sure if it's the pattern itself or because of my faulty FBA. I think it's the latter. I had to take out 1 inch from the neck line to 0 at the waist. I don't remember doing this for my first Lily at all.
On my next version, I'm going to fix the FBA, lower the bust apex just a smidgen, and take it in a bit at the bust. I might lower the neckline a bit. GASP! I think I want to lower it by 3/4 inch just above my bust. Something else I might try is turning it into a slight sweetheart neckline.
I'm proud to say that this dress is fully lined. I love a fully lined dress. I don't have to worry about finding my half slip and my half slip always rides up. I hate it. The bodice is lined with the main fabric and the skirt is lined with Bemberg. This is my favorite way to line a dress.
Pattern: Lily by Colette Patterns
Alterations: Faulty FBA, 5/8 inch to the waist, narrowed straps by 3/4 inch, no pocket flap, no neck flap, no vent.
Fabric: Michael Levine