Despite having made two previous versions of the top I still had to double check the construction details for the back yoke. I haven't quite got it right as every version has come out slightly different. I also added pockets which is a must with a simple shift dress like this. I love pockets!
Everything was going well until I sewed the final sleeve into place. I must have caught a pin with the sewing machine needle because the fabric started to pucker and rip as you can see in the photos below!
Oh dear. It looks like a mess but its not too noticeable from a distance. I immediately replaced the needle and finished the final seam under a little black cloud of disappointment. Luckily, I am not too precious about things to let it bother me too much as the dress is for work and I routinely get covered in paint / glue / spray / ink as an art and technology teacher anyway!
I lengthened the dress by about 6cm so it sits just below the knee. I wore it today with a belt and I think it looked OK. What do you think?