Summer Dress from Pattern Runway
First garment from my Spring & Summer 2012 palette - check. Simple summer dress from Pattern Runway.
Fabric: 100% cotton, Lecien Spicy Scrap Palette fabric collection. I bought 4m ages ago from Miss Matatabi on Etsy for something like $16/m. For this dress I used 1.6m (exactly as the instruction suggested).
Time spent: 3 hours without muslin + 1.5 for the wearable muslin.
Notions: 1 button covered with black silk, recycled from an old skirt.
Sizing: XS for the bodice and S for the top. But now when I look at my bum in the pictures, maybe I should've made in M?
The instructions that go together with the pattern are super easy to follow. But if you feel lost, Pattern Runway posted a detailed tutorial with photos on their blog.
I wanted to have this dress ASAP! Moving apartment took us ages and I was not able to sew for several weeks! Therefore, I overlocked all of the edges and used handwork only to catchstitch the armhole and neck facing to the dress.
I would recommend this pattern to everybody: from beginners to experienced sewers. You can do so much with it - from using different fabrics to
Lizz from A Good Wardrobe created two variations of the same pattern in the past. Have a look here and here. I particularly like her Art Nouveau dress with a navy bow. It suits her beautifully, don't you think?
This fabric is so pretty and colorful! It's so me! (When I show you my new sewing room you'll understand why ;)) Besides, I'm glad I got 4m of it, just not sure what I'll use it for next. Any ideas? Last, but not least, I have a garment that matches my cute flowery shoes :) I know, it's stupid to admit, but I bought these shoes because I loved them and not because they matched anything in my wardrobe. Finally!!! The dress + the shoes = Spring & Summer palette + happy me!!!
All in all, I can feel that this dress will become one of my favorites. My only minor regret is that fabric is not as sheer and draped as I'd like it to be. The dress ended up being a little bit stiff. I hope that after several washes the structure will change.