I cannot get over how enjoyable this was to make - this is the second pattern I have tried from Kelli at True Bias and I remember the first one being a bundle of fun (even if I did screw it up royally). There's just something lovely about the pattern and process - the pieces are well laid out and simple, the instructions are very clear and incorporate a variety of techniques. Taking them one at a time like that makes it all less daunting. There was also a great sew-along this week which is good for reference.
It's a simple little dress but includes features such as inseam pockets, bar tacks, buttonholes, casing, bias tape seam finishing and drawstring making!
I used a size 10 graded to 12 from the waist down - I think 10 overall would have been fine though as it's very roomy. I chose a very soft cotton with flamingo print I bought on eBay last year - it was listed as viscose but seems quite good quality.
The pattern is drafted for a C cup, it's quite baggy on me at the top so on my next version, and yes there will be a next, I'll alter the neckline a bit.However this dress is going to my sister for her holidays so I'm sure it will fit her just fine! I have even bought more flamingo fabric, navy blue this time to make my own version. It is so comfortable, soft and floaty - perfect for hot summer days. Here I am in the garden pretending it's warm....it was not. It's the UK so its still feels about minus 10 in Spring.
It is difficult to see the details because of the print so here we go:
Check out the pretty insides! Bit wobbly but not to worry - it doesn't show too well in the photo but I found some amazing bright cerise binding to finish the arm and necklines.
To anyone looking for a good summer dress pattern I would highly recommend this one - fun to make, you could go mental with colours and variations, and there is a maxi dress version with a slit too :-)
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