A Cotton and Steel Flounce Dress
Posted on Tuesday the 10th March 2020 by Saturday Night Stitch
There comes a time when your sewing mojo is calling you to be more daring and creative. This month's project is what happens when my muse whispers and I heed the call. A glorious creation that was love at first visualization..
Unusually this project started with the sewing pattern for me. The Flounce dress by Sew Different patterns is a multisize pattern. It is swishy and stylish. I had the opportunity to try on the sewn samples of the Flounce dress at the Sew Different Frocktails event. Readers, I was smitten. Utterly, irrevocably hooked.
It is midi length with capped sleeves. There are bust darts for minimal shaping. The Flounce dress has an incredible asymmetrical drape that reminds me of subtraction cutting. Plus, you have the option of adding a pocket on one side. Which I did!
I pinned the sewing inspiration in my head as a 'must make soon'. I like Sew Different patterns for the simplicity of the sewing process that yields chic garments. What I love about the Flounce dress is that there are plenty of opportunities to make it truly your own.
I went all out to make this Hila style by fearlessly mixing fabrics – even for me. The Rifle Paper Co fabric is gorgeous and a delight to look at. I saw a seamstress wearing this fabric at a sewing event and I loved its drape and vibrant orange colour.
The challenge was to find a contrasting print that would appease my muse. With the extensive ranges of high-quality fabric at Minerva, I was not short for choice. I had a long list – then a shortlist. Then I enlisted my husband's eye for style – and he was like BOOM that one! The Cotton and Steel poplin fabrics with complementary tones and shapes was just the thing to complete the vision.
Both fabrics are luscious with a wonderful handle. Smooth to the touch with a luxurious feel on the skin.
I prewashed both of them in 30-degree wash and tumble dried with no issues. Allow me a moment to wax lyrical about how these beauties are such a joy to iron! They love the steam iron and obediently flatten. Very satisfying!
I enjoyed sewing this so much I made a sewing tutorial video of this same project on my sewing YouTube channel.
I sewed the size 10 based on my bust, waist and hip measurements. I am happy with the fit though I do feel that I could have gone a size down. I advise making a toile if you are unsure about how loose a fit you like on your dresses.
If you are after an instant gratification sewing project then this is it for you!