Thursday, August 30, 2018

The 'Last Days of Summer' Dress

I know that technically the last day of summer isn't until later in September but for some reason end of August starts to feel like a transition into Autumn.  I'm sharing my latest make which is a summer dress but with some autumnal hues.

This fabric is one of those hard cottons that is sort of stiff--but washes quite nicely and was a gift from some colleagues.  

The dress pattern itself is a hack of one of my favourite dresses.  I basically self-drafted the bodice copying one of my existing dresses:

For the skirt, I adapted the skirt pattern from Tilly's Lilou dress pattern from her first book 'Love at First Stitch':

I do quite like the v-neck bodice and pleated skirt effect.  The dress is sleeveless --so works perfectly with layering:

The dress closes with a side zip --which I just find way easier than back zippers for functionality!

Very pleased with how it came out and I'm already planning more dresses since it's such a quick make.

How cool is this location? Hard to believe it's within Edinburgh--Dr. Neil's Garden.  It has almost a beachy feel to it!

Excited to do more autumnal sewing--time to dig out my tweeds and wools again! yipppeee!  What about you--planning new seasonal outfits?

Photos: Darja Bilyk
MUAH: Vanity Thrills

1 comment

  1. Your new dress is a perfect transitional color. Kind of softer versions of those colors that we normally associate with Autumn. These softened oranges and browns match the soft colors at Dr.Neil's Garden which, I am guessing, has more native vegetation than those parks with very showy flower beds. You refer to your dress fabric as "hard cotton". Do you mean that it is tightly woven? That would make it more suitable for box pleats than knife pleats or gathering. A good choice.


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