Greetings from sweaty Texas! Is it hot where you are? I’m sure it is. We’re into the dog days of summer around here, and even I – sun worshipper that I am – am finding myself retreating into the shade in search of a fan and a cool glass of something. Anything! In my sewing room I am still working on adding little, easy summer dresses to my wardrobe, including my most recent make for the Mood Sewing Network, this fun, bold, geometric print beauty you see before you.
I think I’m starting to develop a bit of a pattern bad habit with my fabric choices! Every month when I look at the newest crop of fabrics from Mood Fabrics online my eyes just speed right past all the solid colors until they land on a loud, punchy print. Case in point, I thought this dress would look darling in a lightweight denim, or a breezy chambray, but what did I go for? This Black and Beige Geometric Squares Stretch cotton woven (and there’s another colorway too!)
I absolutely love the mod-ish plaid print of this cotton! And best of all, it’s a stretch cotton woven, which means it’s basically the most comfortable dress ever! I would describe this fabric as medium weight with a crisp drape. When sewn up it definitely has a bit of body to it, which works well to give my dress a nice A-line shape. And it handled machine washing and drying like a champ, with very little need for pressing! Score! I always feel like I’ve struck gold anytime I come across a fabric that doesn’t wrinkle up like mad in the wash.
For my pattern I used the Adelaide Dress from the May issue of Seamwork magazine. I bought this issue specifically because I loved the styling of the photoshoot and the dress looked so superb on the beautiful model (I’m very susceptible to good art design!) This dress is a very simple sew. The front has bust darts and a button/snap opening from neckline to hem, and the back has two fish-eye darts for subtle shaping. The whole thing is cinched in with a fabric belt and belt loops. Neckline and armholes are finished with bias binding.
I used 3/8″ hammer on ring snaps from Dritz. I love snaps, they’re so much fun to pop open at the end of a long day! These went in pretty drama free, but it was a lot of hammering. After wearing this dress all day I can confirm that they stayed pretty secure, save for one snap near the bottom that likes to pop open if I squat or swing my leg over my bike… ahem. I think I’ll just sew that one closed!
I cut a size 4, which was a bit generous based on my measurements, but I tend to find that when I’m between sizes if I make the smaller size I always have trouble with the armholes, bust points, and waist being too high. I’m glad I cut the bigger size, because the armholes do run a bit high. Because my fabric has stretch and the sizing was a bit generous for me I ended up taking a good 2″ out of either side seam, especially at the hip.
Overall I’m pretty happy with this dress! It feels crisp and professional, even if I’m constantly coated in a dewy layer of perspiration!
Any other pattern addicts out there?