First sundress of the season! I'm so ready for warm weather. That is until it's over 100 degrees and humid. Then I'll be begging for fall!
Which comes first, the fabric or the pattern? That seems to be a common question for those of us that sew. For this particular project, the fabric came first for me. I was on a quick jaunt to Hancock to partake in a pattern a sale. As per usual, I was weaving my way through the aisles perusing the fabrics as I made my way to the pattern cabinets in the back. And lo and behold! My eyes landed on the most perfect bright, sunny, multi-colored nautical stripe print fabric! Does it not scream SPRING?!
My next challenge was to find a pattern that would highlight the fabric and allow it to shine as the star. I picked Vogue 8870. I loved the fact that it's a sundress and has a high-low hemline.
The description is: pullover dress has loose-fitting, blouson bodice variations, elasticized (seamed) waist, side pockets and narrow hem. **Wrong side shows on back hemline.**
A: mock wrap, front pleated bodice, and two-piece sleeves. Note: no provisions provided for above waist adjustment. B: elasticized upper back.
I cut view B. I added an inch to length of the bodice and three inches to the length of the skirt. I omitted the pockets. I lined the bodice instead of using facings. I left the skirt unlined (I decided to just wear a slip), and I used French seams since the wrong side is showing. And I used a narrow hem. And since the stripes ran vertical, I cut the fabric on the cross grain.
This is a very easy pattern that sews up quickly (unless you're using French seams and matching stripes). This is a great pattern that I highly recommend, because even it you don't want to show as much skin with the straps, you can use the version with the sleeves. And you can use the shorter length.
I'd like to make the other version as well, but I doubt if I'll get to it. My spring/summer sewing list is LONG and still growing!