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Lisa Comfort Wildflower Crepe Solina Dress

I saw this beautiful Lisa Comfort Wildflower Crepe Fabric at the Knitting and Stitch show and thought it would look great made into a dress. I had recently bought the Named Clothing ‘Breaking the Pattern’ book and decided to make the Solina dress, a midi length dress with waist and sleeve ties and a raised collar. 
Before I started making the dress, I had to make a few adjustments to make it suitable for my height. Named Clothing make patterns for a height of 5’8”, so I needed to reduce by a good 4-5”! They provide some detailed instructions on how to do this in the book. I measured from my neck to waist and reduced the length there accordingly and made a similar adjustment below the waist. The fabric is a lightweight and drapey polyester crepe which washed perfectly and best of all, it doesn’t need ironing! It was a bit tricky to cut out, using a rotary cutter helped for some areas. It was easy to sew with and I had no problems running it through my machine. The dress itself was not difficult to construct. There is an invisible zip down the centre back with darts on either side, and two pleats at the front which secure the waist ties. The sleeves are also straightforward to make, the tie details are surprisingly easy for such an effective result. Since making this dress I have worn it quite a lot as it is a versatile and stylish piece. The floral print attracts lots of compliments and did I mention it doesn’t need ironing?! The shape of the dress is flattering on lots of body shapes too. I plan to make another one in a block colour as well soon. 
Thanks for reading,
Atia @thebrightblooms

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