Cynthia Rowley 1801 dress, which I'd made twice previously--as seen here and here (second photo). This time I used a sturdy, charcoal grey double knit my mom gifted me. Those who pay attention to these things might notice I've already got one dress made out of it, actually. I liked The Charcoal Dress well enough to want a second with a different cut though. It has a wonderful weight and drape to it. It was very aggreable to work with which was a marked change of pace from the last Cynthia Rowley I made.
(Full disclosure: I called my second version of the Rowley "The A$$**** Dress" pretty much from the moment I started sewing on it. That beautiful, slinky fabric was terrible to work with. Terrible, just terrible. I don't even want to think about it.)
First off, I adjusted the length. The long version is too long and the short version is too short. So, I made up my own hemline in the happy middle ground. I know some people think calf-length equals frumpy, but I don't. Plus, experience has taught me that it's the most practical and comfortable length for me.
Second, I made the neckline a few inches higher. I am over the moon pleased with this pattern revision. The neckline as printed is too revealing for my taste so I always had to wear a tanktop underneath. Not with this new dress! By changing the angle ever so slightly it is perfect now--just a bit of cleavage without leaving me worried I'll bend over and expose myself! Matt tells me he really likes it. ;) I only wish I'd drafted a paper piece for the adjustment as now I'll have to eyeball it again. I will have this dress to use as my guide though.
Last, I skipped the zipper. The double knit has enough give I decided not to bother with putting in a side zipper around the inseam pockets. It is just easier that way and my experiences with the other versions have convinced me I don't need that zip. It would be different if I was making it in cotton, I suspect.
already have a dress which I call The Charcoal Dress I'll have to come up with a different moniker for this one. The Charcoal Rowley, maybe...