Five Reasons Why I Love This Dress…

I’m thrilled to be back on the Blogger Network after a break to have Baby Pearl. I’ve chosen to make the perfect Summer holiday dress to fit my lifestyle this year; it’s stylish, comfy and a versatile holiday staple. This is the dress for the busy dressmaker wanting to whip up a holiday frock in a few evenings. It’s easy to fit but has those vintage inspired details you know I love.

I could not wait to get started on this project. It’s McCall's M7381. The pattern has four different styles to choose from with a tie or non-tie front and a choice of sleeve styles from sleeveless to a fabulous 70’s gathered version. I made version B with the shorter sleeve with a cap for the Summer. But those 70’s sleeves are very tempting for a Winter version!

So, here are my five reasons to make this floaty dress -

1.       Stripes and Seashell Florals – what’s not to love?

This Cotton Fabric with the seashells and floral stripe just said Summer to me. I used 2 metres of fabric and made a size small. At only £3.99 per metre, I think this is an absolute bargain for such a great quality and it comes in a darker colourway too, so you are spoilt choice. The fabric a beautiful light weight cotton; it’s so soft and has washed without any print fade. I cut the bodice out so the shells were mirroring each other, I tried playing around with the stripes but I decided on a classic vertical look. I did match the stripes where I could but with the pleated details on the shoulder and the pleated skirt, it was impossible to match every one.

2.      A Flattering Waistline

This a very forgiving waist! The skirt has flattering pleats, I changed the pattern so they went inward instead of outward so the skirt didn’t stick out as much. I love the curved waistline that curves upwards to the wrap over bodice. Perfect for a New Mama wanting to hide a post baby tummy or maybe one to many pieces of holiday cake.

3.       Easy To Fit

If you don’t fancy inserting a zip or button holes, this dress is for you. It’s super easy to fit with an elasticated back waistband. The back doesn’t have any pleats with gives it a casual, tunic feel. To fit the back, I threaded in the elastic to the casing and pulled it through until the front of the dress looked like it fitted me. Then I secured it. I love the soft lines this fabric gives the dress.

4.       Vintage Inspired Pleats

The pleated bodice with three pleats either side of the neckline meant a really good fit for me. This feature with the skirt pleats made the dress look dressy with the elasticated waistband. I could see myself wearing this to a Wedding reception or on a family trip to the beach. This details really give this dress lots of options.

5.      Wrap Over Front

I stumbled over this pattern after looking for a wrap over dress. As I’m still nursing baby, I wanted a wrap over bodice I love the high neckline, you don’t get the high neckline with many wrap dresses and it has a 40’s feel about it with the pointed neckline… don’t you think?

I can’t wait to wear this dress on holiday this month, I know I will be making it again. The only adjustments I would make is to use a metal popper instead of a press stud on the wrap over bodice. I think maybe a soft cord for the Autumn. The possibilities are endless.

I hope I have inspired you to make this pattern in this fabric. Believe me, you will not be disappointed! I’m off to pack it in my holiday bag.

Samantha writes a creative craft blog www.crafternoonteas.com and hosts Crafternoon Tea Parties and Events www.crafternoonteahostess.co.uk in the Midlands and beyond!