Classic rockabilly prints are stylish and ultimately timeless. And the cherry print is definitely one of them! This kind of print is made for figure complementing pencil skirts and bodycon dresses.
I was keeping in mind the beautiful Cherry Print Stretch Cotton Sateen Fabric in black for ages, but I was postponing it for months for a few reasons. First of all, it´s a bit occasion-wear related fabric and I was more focused on some everyday style sewing. And it requires a good pattern, of course. When I finally realized that I can´t wait any longer and I want some gorgeous cherries in my wardrobe I picked Simplicity Sewing Pattern 1688 from the Cynthia Rowley Collection. 
It seemed like a very straightforward pattern that wouldn't require too many alterations and fittings. Plus I´ve already made the jacket from it and it was one of the simplest makes I´ve ever worked on. But things weren´t as smooth with the dress. The biggest lesson I learned is that you have got to use princess seamed bodices for sateen or another slightly stretchy medium to heavyweight fabrics. This pattern has darts and it was much more difficult to fit it. Especially the back pieces. Apart from fitting alterations, I made the skirt more close fitting at the bottom, added a back slit and shortened the bodice straps. I also omitted the lining, which meant I had to finish the contrast band detail somehow. My choice was to slip stitch it on the inside. 
At a first glance, it might seem impossible, but lots of trimming and clipping the curves do the trick. And pressing the seam towards the inside, of course. As for the back, I made a small facing detail that isn´t required if you use lining. It attaches to the inner band and, with some fusible interfacing, helps to stabilize the edge of the dress. I needed some hand stitching for the hem of my garment.
The invisible zipper was the best choice for this dress because it helps to avoid any bulkiness and gives the neatest finish to sateen. I'm not a big fan of them and I do believe that a regular old-fashioned zipper is the best one, but the invisible one was my choice for this project.
The fabric is nice to work with and its quality is really good. The print is just right too and it has a proper vintage rockabilly look. I was quite pleased with the contrast Plain Red Fabric too. Most of the solid red fabrics I´ve worked with before were horribly colored and would cause stains on other clothes, which was a problem when it comes to washing. And even ironing through a white cloth! But this one left my ironing board and the white part of the cherry print fabric absolutely spotless.
My dress turned out quite evening wear style, exactly how I wanted it to be. Paired with some black heels it´ll be my choice for nights out. It doesn´t require too many accessories to compliment it with or even a belt. 
Thanks Minerva!