What is summer without a fabulous sundress?! I’m currently in the midst of a dress vibe. Last year, I was all about the jumpsuit. And now, I’m over that… well, for a minute. I’m sure I’ll return. But at the moment, midi length dresses are my thing. When maxi dresses became all the rage years ago, I jumped on that bandwagon. The one thing they reaffirmed: I’m not graceful… at all. So, a raised, calf-length hemline is my friend. So, no more stepping on my my hemlines, tripping up steps and closing my dresses and skirts in the car door for me.
When I found this amazingly gorgeous Black and Pink Floral Printed Polyester Crepe, I could NOT believe that it was on sale. I knew it was the perfect fabric for a design that called for a large cut of fabric. So I grabbed up 5 yards.
I cut the bodice in a size 14, and lengthened the it by one inch. For the skirt, I used the size large for all the fullness. And since I’m not a fan of elastic waistbands, I drafted a straight waistband to join the bodice to the skirt.
For the skirt, I used my gathering foot. If you have one, I highly recommend you using it for a project like this.
The pattern only called for 6 rouleau loops for the back straps. I found that it had a lot of gaping. So I added additional loops for a total of 10. And my recommendation for turning the tubing to form the straps, I used a ball point bodkin.
I absolutely love this dress and I’m so glad I found this fabric.