This dress has been a long time in the planning and making, but as soon as I purchased the fabric I knew what I wanted to make with it. It’s based on my Sure-Fit Designs dress block and a pattern in the Alice Prier book “Pattern Making Templates for Skirts and Dresses”. I added pockets, of course. The original design didn’t include those but well, you just have to, don’t you?
Apart from the straps, which proved to be the most complicated part of the project and took me several attempts, this was a pretty straightforward sew. One thing I forgot is that my SFD dress block has ease but with a dress like this, there is no ease at all, particularly in the top half. So my overlocker came in very handy to take in the sides and improve the fit.
I first started this way back in June, but then in mid-July life got in the way, as it often does. I was originally planning to wear it for my goddaughter’s 21st birthday party but that’s long gone! It’s unlikely to be worn for real until next summer although the unseasonably lovely weather at the moment means it may just have its inaugural outing over the next few days.