I love this dress so much I made it thrice. The two green dresses are seersucker, the stripe I bought to make a shirt dress, so not me really, what was I thinking? It seriously risked looking institutional, so it’s been shelf surfing for a couple of years just waiting for its place in the sun.
I bought the check fabric to try out the pattern then had a head slapping moment when I came home and saw the stripe I had in, it was then I resolved to look at what I already have before buying more.
The third one is made in grey linen from Merchant and Mills, a generous Christmas gift.
The pattern pieces could be confusing, especially as you’re to use fabric that looks the same on both sides. I laid them out in order on the floor and kept the pattern pieces on until I was ready to sew. I made no changes I’m 5′ 4″ and it falls just at the base of my knee.
The collar is a subtle frame for the face not at all restricting. I sewed a narrow hem with a narrow hem foot, I’m not sure I used it properly though as I only turned the fabric once. After a few wearings fraying occurred on the linen, the others are fine, but it bugs me all the same. Getting the hem started so that the stitching began at the edge was a bit of a mare too, I ended up cutting a longer collar and once the hem was sewn then cut it down, not ideal but it worked.
Once I had the sewing order sussed it was really quick to make, all have in-seam pockets.
I don’t wear these dresses as a stand alone pieces, I prefer to layer, I’ve included some photos taken when I was out and about just to give some idea.