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The Amalfi Dress

Hello,

Do you choose a pattern first and get the fabric for it after or do you get a fabric you like and only after decide what to make? Usually, I choose a pattern and then look for the best fabric for it, however, in this case it was the opposite. When I first looked at the fabric, the pattern just popped in my mind.

The pattern I used is the Amalfi Dress by Hey June with the flutter sleeves option. Aren’t those sleeves calling for a drapey fabric like this? Perfect match if you ask me! Also, it doesn’t have a lot of seams, so it displays the beautiful print well.

I have used this pattern before… three times to be precise. All previous versions are different although, all have flutter sleeves. I guess I do like this kind of sleeve! I made a straight size 2, based on my bust and waist and opted for the knee length version, as I know I will wear it quite a lot as it is lovely.

This pattern also works well with fabrics that do not have such a great drape as this viscose however, I do prefer a fabric with good drape for this sleeve style and this one did not disappoint, at all.

The fabric used is a Lady McElroy Stretch Viscose Crepe in the colour Eau De Nil. I know I tend to choose fabrics in blue shades but this colour really did catch my attention. Not only is the green a lovely shade but the flowers’ colours are so beautiful and blend so well.

Despite being a woven, the fabric also has a small amount of Spandex (2%) that makes it quite comfortable to wear and it is not much of a difference while working with it. I did use a few more pins than I usually use with more stable fabric but, no more than the ones I use with viscose ones.

Also, I found it important not to skip the stay stitch instructions for the neckline. I know I need to press the “V” a little better but the neckline did not lose shape and neither did the hems. Although, it might be helpful to use a walking foot.

In my humble (and maybe partial) opinion, the fabric worked wonderfully for this project. I did not have any issues working with it, it is lovely to wear and was what I expected it to be after reading the description. This one might not be the best photo of myself but, I think it shows well how fluid and drapey the fabric is.

I am sure this dress will be in high rotation in my summer wardrobe as it is so pretty yet, so comfortable. However, I believe a long-sleeved dress, or blouse, would be lovely as well for the colder months…

Many thanks Minerva for the lovely fabric for this project and to you for reading.

Happy sewing,

Maria x

@apinchofsewing

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