After making the Roscoe Blouse https://pincushionblog.co.uk/tops/roscoe-blouse/ I decided to try the dress.
I chose another viscose, this time an Art Gallery Fabrics Okeo Tex in Night Sky. I started out with giving it a wash. Why? To allow for any initial skrinkage before I started.
Next stop – pattern. I traced out the original True Bias pattern, pinned and cut. I always find starting cutting out really nerve-wracking, and end up triple checking it all before I start!
Sewing it up
I followed the instructions pretty much as described. I used French seams as I prefer this finish. I also decided not to do neck ties, but added a button instead.
The main addition that makes the dress is the addition of a ruffle at the bottom hem. This is not a complex process, but sewing a long length of ruffle onto a long length of straight fabric turned out to be a lot fiddler than I expected. Despite 3 attempts I simply could not get the side seams of the ruffle and dress matched up. If I make this again I will add the ruffle sections to the front and back panels before sewing the side seams in one go.
I opted to hand sew the inside of the neck and sleeve bindings. I used a basic slipstitch. My hand sewing isn’t the greatest, but my mum taught me slipstiching for hems, and I find it’s a really handy stitch. The real benefit is that you can’t see it on the outside, which gives a nice finish.
The finished dress is much longer than I expected, almost maxi. However, I have always like long, flowy dresses. It’s very loose as well, and a bit much for someone short like me. So I made a simple tie belt with some of the leftover fabric. The fabric makes this such a soft and floaty dress, I expect to get plenty of wear out of it.