by Clare Szabo
This dress was made for my first post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network using a polyester fabric with pretty daisies.
I loved making this dress. At first I thought the fabric would pose some problems as it’s a ‘slinkier’ polyester, yet it was a dream to sew with. A dream I tell you! It did everything I wanted it to and didn’t shift one bit during sewing. This included the more complicated parts such as the collar and belt bands. It also traveled really well – I hardly needed to iron it and when washed, it dried in an instant. Oh, and some red wine was spilled on it, but with a rinse under the tap it washed right out. Could you get a better best friend in fabric form?
After measuring, I made a muslin of only the bodice (to be on the safe side), and it fit like a glove. Bazinga! The construction of this dress was really straight forward: I love yokes and find them fun in a geeky way. There is also some gathering on the back of the dress which adds a really nice detail, oh and be prepared for a big pleating session. The skirt is pleated all the way round the waist, however, this is really easy to do as long as you follow all the markings on the pattern.
The dress features a faced waistband with belt loops. This is easier than it sounds and gives the dress a neat and tidy finish inside. The belt loops are simple to make and are basted before the waist band is added to the bodice and skirt.
I completed the arm holes with white bias binding, which I finished with hand stitching (slip stitch). I serged the seams inside to save time but I handstitched the finish of the button placket, yoke, collar and the dress hem to avoid any machine stitching showing on the outside. I used simple white buttons and didn’t need to shorten or lengthen the dress at all.
I love this dress and it will definitely be one of my go-to sewing patterns in the future. I can’t wait to try some of the other versions as well as the slip. If you like my version, don’t forget you can buy the whole Dixie Lou kit for this dress on the Minerva website.
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