Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve got a bunch of projects going on right now! I’ve still got about five more to go, but my latest completion was stunning. It was a lovely, full-skirted day dress – my favorite kind of dress. It’s for a friend of mine, the one who gave me my current machine! She chose New Look 6262, a simple dress pattern with neckline variations.
It’s a basic pattern that I would recommend for reproducing for a closet full of fun dresses. There are options for sleeveless, short sleeves, and even cap sleeves. Unfortunately, I somehow managed to lose the instructions! I have no idea how that happened…Anyways, I can’t comment on whether the instructions were easy to follow. But if you’ve sewn dresses before, this is pretty straightforward.
You can find the pattern on Amazon through my affiliate link here.
I graded the bodice pattern, so this was my first time drafting facings! It’s a lot easier than I thought it would be, but I’m always excited when I do something new.
Look at this fabulous fabric! What is it, exactly?? I have no clue. I’m trying to learn how to identify different materials, but I’m just going to take a wild guess: jaquard. Brocade? Wait, that’s shiny. I don’t know! It’s a little stretchy, but definitely not a knit. And there’s no doubt about which side is the right side!
I would have loved to make the dress reversible. Wouldn’t that have been so amazing?!
The fabric frayed insanely. My faux overlock did nothing but make a bigger mess. So I had to bias most of the seams, except the zipper seam. The bias would have made it too bulky to zip.
I went through three packs of bias tape. That part took the longest. I would have been done with this dress days ago, had it not been for all that tape!
Per my friend’s request, I made the skirt full instead of a-line. The fullness is more appropriate for a fabric this dynamic.
And I made a matching pocket square for her hubby. 🙂
What’s your favorite day dress pattern? And if you have any idea what type of fabric this is, please let me know!