I photographed this Tory Burch store window display recently at Stanford Mall in Palo Alto CA. with the thought that this dress would be ideal as a dancing frock in the Spring.
The smocking details demonstrate what elevates this otherwise simple dress into a designer item. Smocked Cotton Dress in Harbor Blue @ www.toryburch.com
This basic empire waist, princess line pattern was the takeoff point for my adaptation made up in a medium weight 100% linen fabric that drapes well.
I pinned the trim on dress body to determine the most pleasing proportions.
Trim is 2.1/2″ bias strips for the skirt and 1.1/4″bias strips for the bodice
First band is attached 6″ from bottom, with a 2″ space between the rows.
Umpire waist, neckline and cap sleeves are also embellished with bias trim.
I like the color of this fabric which has a red/purple thread woven into the base color making red and purple accessories pop.