|The fabric is Nani Iro Pierre Pocho Fortune Stones Double Gauze in Forest.|
This dress is a combination of two patterns from Imagine Gnats. When I guest posted on her site for Selfish Sewing Week, I got to spend some money in her shop, and when I saw this tutorial from Teresa of Dandelion Drift about how to combine the Bess Top and Alder Skirt pattern into a dress, I bought the two patterns right away!
I definitely feel like I achieved the look that I was going for--casual, comfortable, loose and breathable (the double gauze feels amazing and will be so great when the weather gets so hot and humid here), while still skimming my figure enough to be flattering.
The skirt has darts in the back, which helps with the shaping, and I chose a smaller size top than my measurements suggested (I made a wearable muslin first to make sure it would work!) since the Bess Top is meant to be rather loose.
I love the pockets, too--nice and wide and comfy, and I love the angle that adds a nice design element. I would probably extend my pocket bags by just a little bit the next time I make this--they seem a little shallow for my taste. But I just love a pattern where I don't have to add my own pockets!
In case you're not familiar with the Bess Top pattern, it has a cool shoulder design where the back panel wraps around to create the armhole. On my muslin, I used a different fabric for the back and front so it's a nice way to add an accent fabric.
|By the way, my mom is a jewelry designer--she made me this necklace for Christmas! |
Here's her website :)
OH, and when I was trying out the fit before I sewed the neck binding, I decided to lower the neckline a bit--pretty typical for me. There are two neckline options with this pattern and I had cut out the lower one but I like just a little bit more scoop even than that.
I'm really happy with how it came out, and I'll have to add my neckline adjustment to my pattern!
I wore this dress today running errands on my bike, and I have to report that the skirt width is perfect for riding--not tight enough to restrict pedaling, not loose enough to blow around with every gust of wind. I imagine this dress will be getting a lot of wear this summer, and the color palette will be great with tights and boots come fall as well!