Floral Shift Dress with added Va Va Voom

Flower Dress
Style icon Joan Holloway would totally wear this dress on her Florida vacation.

The pattern is Butterick B5414, and is meant to be a pretty straight cut A line shift dress. But if you are large breasted, straight cuts tend to blouse around the middle and make your widest point – your breasts – appear to be the size you are all over. I am growing obsessed with darts.

Making curves

Also obsessed with this simple little trick. If darts seem a bit nervewracking, and to be honest they still do for me too, then make your side seam curve where you curve. It might seem like a minor thing, but that extra couple of inches of fabric you get rid of around the middle will allow your own shape to shine through.

Flower Dress

See? Every time I look at this picture I hear the boom ba da boom of burlesque music. And then cringe all over at how hard it is to not feel goofy that I’m sharing this.