Monday, 30 April 2012

Summer Dress from Pattern Runway

First garment from my Spring & Summer 2012 palette - check. Simple summer dress from Pattern Runway.

Garment info:
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
tweaking the pattern itself. I can see this dress with a lower neckline in sheer fabric. Another one could be drafted as one piece in a knit fabric. I also plan to make several tops playing with the sleeves length. Unlimited choice!!!!

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.  


  1. I love your version! Really great fabric and it looks wonderful on. Thanks for commenting on my blog and turning my attention to your post.

  2. So so cute! The pattern is awesome and your lipstick really shines against it. What about a simple skirt with a hand smocked waistband for your next project with this fabric?

    1. I was thinking about the skirt for this fabric too!

  3. I like the structure to your dress! Actually, I've seen this pattern and like you thought I should use fabrice with a lot of drape and never thought to pair it with a stiffer fabric, but now I have a fabric in mind I might try after seeing yours... Thanks!

    1. You don't find many versions of this dress out there, so please share pictures when it's ready!

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