You're going to love this dress; it's so versatile and can be made in lots of different versions and fabrics. It is basically a loose fitting pull-on shift dress with no fastenings making it a brilliant first dressmaking project. There are 2 different finishes for the neck - a roll-over collar or simple bound boat neck, optional side seam pockets and optional tie belt. You can customise it further by making it with the optional pleats or just using the bodice to make a simple boxy top. It's cool worn on its own for summer and makes a great layering piece worn with long sleeved t-shirts and leggings for winter.
The dress is a fairly loose fitting generously sized garment so 3 sizes are included in the pattern ranging from bust size 80cm to 101cm (31.5" to 40") and hip size 88cm to 109cm (34.5" to 43"). This pattern is sized based on body measurements not dress sizes and includes full details of finished garment measurements for each size to make sure you get the right size first time.
This pattern is suitable for almost any fabric, woven or knitted. It makes a more structured dress with a heavier fabric such as denim, or a summery more drapey version in single jersey or lightweight woven linen. You can even mix fabrics and make the bodice and skirt from different fabrics. Help with choosing fabrics can be found on my blog here.
This design is easy and will suit beginners that have just started to sew!
There are 4 PDF files to download:
1 - a thorough instruction booklet which covers:
* fabric requirements
* cutting layouts
* an explanation of fabric layouts and cutting
* how to sew knit fabrics on a domestic sewing machine (if you choose to use a knitted fabric)
* instructions & diagrams for how to make all versions the dress and top
2 - your multi-size pattern, tiled onto US letter size sheets of paper ready to be printed and stuck together
3 - a full-size untiled version of the pattern that can be printed at professional copy shops
4 - step-by-step instructions for how to print and put together your pattern.
All MIY Collection patterns are designed and written by me - Wendy Ward, an experienced designer and qualified teacher and they have been thoroughly road-tested by my eager sewing students. Rest assured you will find MIY Collection patterns well explained in down-to-earth and accessible language with clear, detailed diagrams. I have been writing instructions for people just like you since 2007.
All copyright for this design remains with Wendy Ward.
This sewing pattern is for personal home sewing only, not for commercial use so please don't sell garments you've made using this pattern, or reproduce any part of this pattern or the instructions without my permission. If you'd like to sell clothing you make yourself, talk to me about commissioning some designs and patterns!
Find sewing tips and more on Wendy's blog at www.wendyward.co.uk
Thanks and happy sewing!