Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sew a casual, unlined linen dress for the summer using a pattern that appeared in the OTTOBRE design® woman spring/summer issue! We borrowed the idea for it from a jersey dress in Jackpot’s spring collection.
The dress is sewn by modifying the pattern for design no. 15 in issue 2/2009 of OTTOBRE design®. Make the following alterations to the pattern:
1. Choose the correct pattern size and trace the pattern pieces from the pattern sheet following the instructions for design no. 15.
2. Leave the allowances for the shoulder darts on the back panel and for the neckline pleats on the front panel spread out to add width to the neckline.
3. Draw new necklines on the front and back panels.
4. Measure the length of the neckline and cut a 3 cm wide casing strip for the neckline on the bias.
5. Cut a 2.5 cm strip for a neckline drawstring.
Stitch a small buttonhole at the front neckline, placing it at the center-front mark and 2 cm down from the outer edge of the neckline seam allowance. Stitch the bias-cut strip to the neckline to form a drawstring casing. Fold the drawstring strip in half, turn the seam allowances in and stitch the edges together. Thread the drawstring into the casing. Trace the pattern for the pockets from the pattern for design no. 3A in issue 5/2008. Stitch the pockets to the dress following the instructions for the same design. Fabric: Hilco
The charming special-occasion dress that appeared in the spring/summer issue gets a totally different look when sewn from floral fabric. This dress is sewn from printed linen that is included in Hilco’s summer collection. The shoulders are accented by fan-like pleats. The dress needn’t necessarily be lined.