Last summer, I tried out the Jamie Dress, and I was sold on the easy techniques shown for everything from inserting a zipper to finishing a garment's raw edges. This pattern will teach you how to make bias tape and apply facing to the neckline, among other things.
The fabric I chose was Denyse Schmidt Greenfield Hill (Cranberry colorway), picked up on our trip to Nashville last weekend. I saw it on the bolt at Textile Fabrics and gasped. It was half off! It was love.
This PDF pattern is a whopping 417 pages long, because the printable pattern pieces are broken up by size XS-3X. I printed off 21 pages, cut and taped the pattern pieces together, and referred to the directions on my laptop.
I made a few alterations from the original pattern:
- Lower, different-shaped neckline
- Less fabric in the shoulders, to help with gaping at the back
- Bias tape sewn to skirt bottom instead of traditional hem, to help with the much shorter dress once I altered at the shoulders
I appreciate the simple, sleek cut of this dress. I also appreciate having nearly a yard of this print left over. Success!
Linking up to the Summer Sewing Contest, Sew & Tell Friday and Sew Modern Monday!