Occasional Dress In One Evening
Posted on Saturday the 19th May 2018 by Crafternoon Teas
With the Royal Wedding Celebrations today, it’s reminded me that yes, we are in that season – Summer Occasional Dress Season. It’s the time of year when we need a gorgeous outfit for a wedding, party or for that special night out on holiday.
I find shopping for the unique dress that no-one else will wear on the high street…exhausting. So this post is all about a great Dress Pattern, beautiful Fabric and the availability to make your own one of a kind outfit in one evening.
When I ordered the blue floral stretch sateen, I couldn’t wait to get sewing. It’s a large all over pattern with a slight stretch and it feels so soft to stitch with. It didn’t fray when stitching and was just a dream to handle. I loved the fabric as it meant that the dress could be stitched in a classic, simple but flattering pattern. I stitched view B but added view C’s sleeves and a customised bow. I ordered 2 metres of fabric as I wanted a longer length skirt and some way of customising to my style.
I was recommended New Look 6261 as the perfect occasional dress pattern for statement print fabrics by a friend. The pattern has just five pieces and I made a size 12 which I added on six inches to the length. I stitched it with a 70 needle to avoid snagging.
I was tempted to take a few inches in on the side seams but I’m 14 weeks pregnant with my second child. The stretch fabric will mean that’ll be able to wear this dress a little longer and as my body is changing (mostly around my rib cage and bust at the mo!) I felt like I had a flattering dress for my new body shape. And when baby is here, I can adjust the seams in!
Let’s talk about this classic dress design, the tunic style dress has front and back and bust darts with a 22in zipper at the back. If you’ve read my posts before I do love a dress with a zip in the back for a good fit. The neckline is scooped with a choice of two sleeve lengths and an option for a lace over lay.
I felt that I wanted to add to the design, so whilst sketching up ruffles and pleated sleeve designs, I opted for a classic bow. The people I’ve showed the dress to have said firstly that they love the bow before anything else. I feel it finishes off the dress.
To make a similar bow for your dress, take two pieces of fabrics, 10 x 50cm and 20 x 10cm. You should have enough from the 2 metres.
Taking the large piece of fabric right sides together, fold lengthways and stitch around the edges leaving a little gap to turn. Turn and hand stitch closed and press. Taking the smaller piece of fabric fold lengthwise again into three pieces and wrap around your rectangle to create a bow. Play around with the bow gathers and stitch this piece of fabric in place as above. I stitched mine just below collar bone but try on your dress and position before stitching.
Even though the pattern doesn’t say this is a beginners/easy pattern; with the clear instructions, clear pattern markings and no pattern adjustments, this would be the perfect first occasional dress. Pick a statement print from Minerva Crafts and enjoy stitching.
One thing you will know, is you will be the only one in that dress at your next party!