What do you do the morning after a long haul flight? Sew of course! Having spent the last seven weeks in cold, snowy, rainy England, I have returned to Singapore. Of course the morning I left for the airport the weather was glorious, I almost changed my flight! At least now I’m motivated to make some summer clothes for when I return in June.
I have made this dress (view B) a few times and once for my sister who having had a hysterectomy needed something that was kind to her tummy area. In Singapore it’s more comfortable to wear something loose with nothing at the waist but as I live in the Orchard Road area I need to be smart too.
I love this pattern and it is so simple it can be made in less than two hours if you are experienced. This dress took a little longer as I was very careful with the cutting out because the pattern is quite large and it needed placing carefully. I made my usual petite adjustment then lengthened it as I wanted it to come to the middle of my knees.
I would suggest making a muslin of the sleeves before you make up the fashion fabric as I found them to be too big. It’s easy to adjust the shoulder seam to fit your shape as the sleeve is in two pieces. I have broad shoulders but slim upper arms so I pinned the sleeve to my shape being careful to leave some ease. I made new pattern pieces the first time I made this dress so I wouldn’t have to adjust them again.
I mostly followed the instructions as written but I stitched in the ditch on the front of the binding after basting to make sure it was even and wouldn’t slip during sewing. I don’t know why instructions leave this step out, I find basting really helps my sewing. I also machine stitched the hem as this dress will need to be washed often.
I know I will make this pattern again but next time I will try silk for a change as I now have three linen versions.