I’ve been buying a few summer dress patterns recently. I want something comfortable, not fitted, but it needs to be fairly close fitting to suit me.
First up is the Derby dress by Christine Haynes. I love it and it is so versatile – I wore it to a BBQ on Saturday, then working at home, and walking the dog! Hetty swam for the first time on the day these pictures were taken – so proud.
The fabric is a voile from ebay ( I think it’s Liberty) and I lined it with a red silk cotton mix from Stone Fabrics.
I cut a size 10, which fitted at the bust, but was enormous everywhere else. Not kind to the hips! So I took it in at the side seams – nothing at the top grading down to 3 inches each side at the hem. The princess seams fitted perfectly, and the side seams were at my sides, but the back gaped. So I took 3 inches off all the way down the back seam.
I also crossed the back straps, and the dress length is a couple of inches longer than the pattern. I’m not that tall (5′ 7″) but most dresses are too short on me – one of the reasons I wanted to make my own!
The neckline is a bias strip which extends to form the straps. I interfaced this as they are very narrow and my fabric is fine.
I used my rolled hem foot for the first time on the lining. I’m very pleased with the tiny hem.
Do you have a favourite dress pattern?