This dress could easily be considered my favorite. How I never gave a full blog post to it, only shows how much I sew, that I pay little attention to scheduling blog post for every item. During the summers, I love wearing dresses and skirts much more than I do shorts. I threw this one on for a Womens Networking Social with my model daughter.
(I didn’t make her dress…but, she has a list.)
I originally made this dress back in 2011, and totally wear it every chance I get. I even made a romper outfit in 2014 with the bodice as a top for a vacation outing. Shucks, I think I want another after talking about again. Such a comfortable wear.
I just love the “cold” shoulder affect of the sleeves. They have a semi-flounce affect and just grazes the shoulders a bit to give a little “off-the-shoulder” action. The waist is a midriff inset that is about 3.5″ with a zipper in the side seam. I think if I make it again, I will leave the leaves off and make a maxi dress.
The fabric is a linen and I lined it with a sheer broadcloth to keep it cool. The alterations were simple in this case since the bodice already has a lot of ease room to play with. I cut a size 14 and graded out to the size 16 at the waist and hips. The back skirt was altered to allow for more junk in the trunk.
You may have seen this dress plenty times on my social media accounts. I know it is really fun to see someone actually wearing out the garments they make. In this case I just plum forgot.
If you read any of my blog post over the last few years, then most likely you would currently be calling me a liar!! “Hello, my name is Andrea, and I am a liar.” At least where “Off-the-shoulder” trends are concerned.
It’s interesting how trends roll around like seeds scattered on the wind only to take root where the ground is receptive. (was that a corny analogy…?) Anyway, my point is that the looks are always in fashion for someone, somewhere, at all times. They only become a “trend” when the masses make it so via publications such as social media.
I’ve done several “off-the-shoulder” looks to date….except now my look has lined up with the “trends”…which means I’m essentially back “in-style”. Wouldn’t you agree.
Oh yeah…by the way..I am also #TeamNatural. Been there for a long time, just spent most of my looks with the flat iron..frying the crap out of my hair to keep it straight. So, now you know me in all my true glory. See all the that heat damage on my ends….I’m just gonna leave it be for now and enjoy all the beauty of “my” hair.
The dress is made of a cotton/poly stretch woven I got in New York last year from A&A Textiles. The lining is just a lightweight rayon knit that I use to line all my knit garments.
The fun part is that the pattern is “custom”, meaning it is drafted to my measurement. Very minimal fitting went into this pattern. What a wonderful treat…so you will not get a laundry list of fitting issues in this post. Just a “happy dance” and “happy hands.” Who wouldn’t want that right.
The pattern started off as a customized base pattern from Bootstrap Fashions. You can find that pattern here. It is a raglan sleeve with sleeve bands and a long skirt. These patterns can be customized for the following measurement ranges: Heights 4’7″ to 6’6″ and Bust: 17″-58″, Waist 16″-56″, and Hip 18″-56″.
I redesigned the skirt portion by removing the waist gathers and side zip and made the skirt hi-lo, and I also sewed the darts with the lining and fashion fabric as one…my tutorial for sewing darts with lace overlay is here.
I created a Youtube video to help you with measuring for an off-the-should look here: