I’ve had some fun this Bank Holiday Weekend, getting out and down to the seaside in my latest project Sew My Style pattern, the Darling Ranges dress by Megan Nielson. This was perfect for a sunny Saturday because it is such an easy-breezy dress. I felt cool and comfortable even though it actually got pretty warm for a change!
I sewed my version up in some viscose from my stash which has been there for about a year. It is very lightweight and drapey which did make some of the cutting and sewing a challenge as it really wanted to shift around. I have managed to mostly subdue it, though I can’t be certain that my hem is actually all the same length!
I was also a little unsure while I was sewing that the viscose was going to be opaque enough, but having worn it for the day I am feeling sufficiently happy that the whole world can’t see my underwear!
I sewed version 1, in a size XS and made no alterations. I wasn’t sure how the fit was going to turn out, but it is actually pretty good. The bust darts could do with shifting slightly on the next version, and the bodice side seam does pull forward sightly because I need a little more bust room, but nothing to make this unwearable. The placket does gape slightly between the first two buttons, which I fixed temporarily with a safety pin, but I am going to go back and insert a hidden button to keep it closed.
The buttons are little flowers from my button stash too so I felt very smug sewing this without having to buy any fabric or notions. I have no idea how I chose things like buttons before Instagram and the sewing community were around to help me out though.
The dress does have options for ties at the back, which I have so far left off. I quite like this looser silhouette, but it can be brought in a little with a belt too. I think the loose shape it a bit more casual, but with a belt this could probably be dressed up, and may still make an appearance at a wedding at the end of September.
The next project sew my style pattern is the Yona Coat, but I already have a part completed coat from last year which I am going to substitute in instead. Seems a little mad in this last burst of summer weather to be thinking of working with wool and coats but that’s how it needs to be to be ready for the changing weather. For now, I’m just happy to be in the sun for a little while longer.