The Adele Dress
Posted on Monday the 5th February 2018 by Sew Dainty
Although I don't subscribe to any sewing magazines, I am often impressed with the free patterns that you receive with Simply Sewing Magazine. I regularly buy it due to the fabulous free patterns and I always enjoy the magazine content too. It probably would be worth me considering a subscription due to the amount of times that I have dashed out to buy it just lately!
The Adele Dress is an example of just this. As soon as I saw the images of the dress on social media two or three months ago, I knew I had to have it. It's an easy to sew dress with kimono style sleeves, pockets, a pleated waist (front and back), and a soft v-neckline. It also has the choice of two lengths.
My fabric choice is this beautiful linen-look polyester Crepe Fabric
. There are several different colour choices, but I opted for this stunning dark navy. The fabric has a wonderful texture similar to that of linen - but it does not crease and has a good drape. Perfect! Although I did not line this dress, it might be something I would do in the future as it is a teeny bit sheer when the sun catches it so a petticoat or a lining for the skirt might be something to consider.
The pattern instructions are excellent. Good clear written directions are accompanied by very good photographs, you can't go wrong!
I wondered if I would like the neckline. I usually prefer a round neck, but the v-neck on this dress turned out to be very soft and I quite like it.
As the sleeves are kimono style, no tricky setting in is required, and the side seams and sleeves are all stitched in one go, lovely and quick.
Dresses with nice deep pockets are always a bonus, and these are added at the same time that you pleat the skirt pieces. I feel the fabric holds the pleats perfectly but still allows enough drape for the skirt to move and hang well.
For me, the most enjoyable part of making this dress was using Prym Wonder Tape
for the very first time to secure the invisible zip at the back of the dress. I have vaguely been aware of this marvellous double sided sticky tape, but have never got around to picking some up and trying it. It's incredible and I don't think I can ever be without it again. Stick it to where your zip will lie, peel off the backing and your zip is secured whilst you sew it in. Apparently it dissolves when washed too - just brilliant!
So not only does it make the job of matching up the horizontal waist seams on your bodice easy, it also stops the top of the zip from slipping which is a relief as an uneven finish at the top of the zip is something I often struggle with when I set zips in using pins.
I'm really pleased with the finished dress, no alterations were necessary, it fits straight from the pattern. I made version B which is the shorter length and hemmed it by approx 1". I'm 5'2". It's turned out to be a fairly work appropriate dress in this fabric I feel, but you could change it to look less formal by simply choosing a patterned fabric - I think a floral crepe would be a pretty choice for my next version.
Don't forget to add some finishing touches!
I would thoroughly recommend this dress to a confident beginner or a sewist with some experience. The pleats and pockets look tricky but are really very straightforward, and the invisible zip also might be challenging to a new sewist, but as mentioned the Wonder Tape really helps with that job.
Many thanks to Minerva Crafts for the wonderful supplies that they provided for this project, I hope that if you have this pattern you give it a go, it's a great weekend project.
Take care, and happy sewing,