I know I said I would blog this dress months ago, but things got a little busy around here over the summer. Maybe it’s a good thing I waited so long because that gave me time to make a second dress. This is Pattern H from the Stylish Dress Book.
I thought I would have a little more fun photographing this dress. I was getting tired of snapshots in my living room, so I went on location for a couple of the photos to an abandoned munitions plant.
And for the other photos, I tried to recreate the doe-eyed look of the book model, who likes to hold random objects. This dress became both a photography and sewing lesson. What a great way to combine my two favorite hobbies.
I used cotton poplin for both dresses. The first one is made from a Vera Wang print I bought at Fabric Mart. The second one is just ordinary poplin from Joanne’s Fabrics.
I like this pattern the best so far from this book. It is definitely the most comfortable of all the dresses I’ve made from this book and it kind of reminds of the house-dresses women used to wear back in the day. It’s a great dress to wear while running errands. And it even made an appearance at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, making it the most comfortable day of our trip for me.
The instructions were a little confusing, especially with the language barrier. I ended up not consulting the instructions and just constructed it myself, based on what I already know and what made the most sense to me. I also thought the back was slightly odd-fitting, so I made a few adjustments to the bodice for a better fit.
I also made the sleeve pleated instead of gathered on the second dress and added an exposed zipper just to make it a little different. I like how they both turned out, and I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on the polka-dot one.
I still recommend the swedish tracing paper for these projects – you can trace the pattern, add your seam allowance, and then sew it to check for fit before cutting your fabric.
And keep in mind that these patterns are all one length, so you may need to make an adjustment. I am 5’4″, I made this dress the length of the pattern, and it hits just above my knee, just to give you an idea.
If you need a little help translating the pattern and instructions, check out this helpful series over at Label-Free.
And Google translator is always helpful with conversions and translations.