I meant to sit down and make the Simplicity 1458 dress for the Sewing Challenge as planned but I got a bit side-tracked and made this instead!
This is a dress version of a crop top I made earlier as part of the Simplicity Sewing Challenge, a vintage 70s style button back halter top.
When I was making the crop top, I knew the pattern would work really well as a dress. And when I came across this African wax print cotton I just couldn’t resist plunging in making one! I loved the bright colours and print of the cotton. It makes a change from all the other things I’ve been making recently – weirdly everything’s been either blue or a peachy pink… I’m blaming my current hair colour for that as I think I’ve been subconsciously drawn to those colours since I changed it!
It was simple enough to change it into a dress. I wanted a full skirt but the fabric I bought was really narrow so a full circle was out of the question. Instead I opted for a gathered skirt – a little riskier because of the added bulk at the waist but I figured I’d just work with it. I didn’t make a pattern for the skirt – I literally just cut out two trapeze shapes as wide as possible from the fabric! Because of the gathered waist there wasn’t too much point in measuring as I could just adjust it to fit the bodice waist easily enough.
I also remembered to add pockets into the side seams too! I’ve reached a point in life where no make is complete without pockets…
If you’re doing this yourself, don’t forget to trim the seam allowance at the centre back of the bodice! The crop top pattern includes quite a big overlap for the buttons which needs to be reduced before you put a zip in, otherwise your sizing is going to be way off!
Absolutely no attempt at pattern matching was made but I think it still works without being too jarring on the eye!