I was recently asked to test drive a new pattern made by Ana at CocoWawa Crafts – the Marshmallow dress! (What an awesome name by the way!)
The pattern is for a trapeze (or tent) style dress with a big ruffle on the bottom, options for short or 3/4 length sleeves and a collar. The back of the features a button closure (FYI you don’t actually need to use these buttons to get in and out of the dress in case you were worried. I always worry about how I’m gonna do up the buttons myself when they’re on the back!).
I made one out of a gingham printed rayon type thing. (I have absolutely no idea what the actual composition of this one is since I got it in a non descript store in Walthamstow market…). But composition doesn’t matter to me as long as the fabric suited the project! And this one did! The gingham had a lovely drape to it which I felt was important with this design. My concern about using anything thicker/ stiffer/ heavier would be that the dress would have too much body and would make me look humongous!
I opted for the longer sleeves and no collar for mine and cut a size 3.
It’s not too bad right? It’s definitely not as “cute” as the sample images which is a good thing for me – I can’t really do cute to that scale anymore. I’m still not a huge fan of dropped waists on me but since the style of dress is so loose anyway I don’t think it really matters. It’s definitely a very relaxed dress and very comfortable so if you’re looking for something like that then you’re in luck!