As the weather begins to warm up a touch and we’re surrounded by daffodils, the promise of blossom on the trees and Easter just around the corner, it really is starting to feel like spring! Soon we’ll be peeling off all of our winter layers and out will come our spring wardrobes. I’ve been getting ahead of the curve sewing up this beautiful shift dress.
For this make I have been very kindly sent some beautiful digital floral print scuba from Fabric Styles. I love working with scuba as it has a wonderful structure and is slightly thicker than other knits such as ponte, and are lovely and warm to wear when the weather is just starting to warm up. The fabric is an absolute delight to work with and I loved the choice of scuba fabrics on their website – I’ve not found anything like them anywhere else. I first became aware of Fabric Styles over Christmas as they had the most amazing festive fabrics – keep an eye out later this year for when they reappear…they sell very fast.
I’ve had the New Look K6447 in my pattern stash for a good couple of years and haven’t used it. I wanted a well fitting shift dress and this fits the bill perfectly with its beautiful waistband detail (which you could use a contrast fabric to really make a feature from!) There are also options for a flowing skirt but I have opted for the fitted pencil skirt option. The darting in both the bodice and skirt help to fit the dress so hug every curve. As I’m using scuba, I decided not to line my dress as the pattern suggests, instead using stretch bias tape to edge the armholes and neckline.
The construction of the dress is pretty quick and I sewed mine in a couple of hours. As I didn’t line my dress, I sewed the darts of each piece before attaching the waistband pieces to the bodice front and back pieces. After attaching the bodice front and back at the shoulders, I finished the neckline and arm holes with a bias bound edge. This seems counter productive when you’re adding sleeves but it allowed me to bind the arm hold edges that were exposed as the sleeves are capped. After adding the sleeves, I sewed the skirt pieces to the respective bodice pieces, sewed up the back seam then sewed both side seams. You’ll notice I’ve left off the kick pleat – in the scuba, I didn’t think I needed it and it doesn’t stop me from walking normally so bear this in mind as another option. A quick hem of the skirt and I was all done.
So there you have it. Now the question is, do I save it for my friend’s wedding in May (it would make a beautiful wedding guest outfit), add it to my gorgeous handmade work wardrobe…or both?? Either way, I’m a little bit in love with the bursts of colour, particularly the acid yellow flowers.
If you’re sewing with scuba (or thinking about it) why not take a look at another scuba lovely, my strapless fishtail evening gown
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