This dress was planned last summer but I didn’t get to make it until June. The inspiration was this dress from Fever that I saw last summer – but at £65, I couldn’t justify buying it!
So, I decided that my new mission in life was to find some flamingo fabric! I found the amazing fabric at the Fancy Silk Store in Birmingham for only £4/ m during the SewBrum meetup last October, and quickly snapped 2m up. I then decided to make it in time for my holiday in the south of France in July!
There’s not much to say about the construction of this dress – it’s New Look 6208, the same as my Anchors Away dress (I blogged this here)
Changes from last time:
I kept the side zip and took some width out of the top of the back bodice to cut on the fold, rather than taking it out at at a CB seam. I feel that actually, I over-fit the bodice a bit too much this time – it’s a little snug. Mind you, having Kickboxing as my other main hobby has also meant that I’ve bulked up a little in my upper back / chest over the last few months, so that might also be part of the problem! I’ve now got a few summer dresses that are too tight across the front of the chest/ armscye because of this – one of the very few disadvantages of regular exercise!
I lowered the front neckline by 1” and added in two small darts to reduce neckline gaping – around ½” in total.
I also shortened this a LOT from the original pattern pieces. Maybe 5 inches in total? I’m a shortie, so I often need to take some length off, especially if I want a shorter skirt 🙂
As it’s a very summery dress, I decided to keep it unlined and simple. The neckline and armholes are finished with bias binding.
Other notes: I had a MASSIVE panic halfway through making this that I’d broken my sewing machine. It was just not making stitches properly!! After several times of threading, re-threading, doing test stitches, I decided to take a break, sleep on it and try again the next day (rather than breaking down and crying at the thought of a possibly expensive repair to my machine!!) The next day I was having a chat with my mum and she suggested checking the needle was in the right place. And, indeed, the needle had slipped down a few millimetres and so was not in the right place! I put it in again more tightly and – phew- all was fixed! So the lesson learned is: always check the basics before panicking that you’ve broken your machine!
And, always take a lovely new dress or two on holiday 🙂
What’s on your sewing table now?