It has an unusual weave. The warp has an openwork stripe that creates a tiny pleat effect, which is reinforced by a fine elastic thread running in stripes across the warp. It is in remarkably good condition, given its age, with the elasticity still fully functional.
I've always had a notion to see if I could smock it. However, I decided to finally use it, and to find a very simple pattern that would give full effect to the texture of the fabric.
I came up with Simplicity 2377. It is an easy pattern, and I had some braid I thought might enhance it.
It will be very simple to put on and off.
I added braid under the bodice, but did it by hand.
I like the simplicity and colour of this dress. There is enough fabric left over to make a skirt - watch this space.
Penny, I do hope you are as pleased as I am that I finally got around to using your last piece of fabric! Niamh was certainly happy.