Summer dress project!

I've had it at the back of my mind for the longest time to make a summer dress just for myself. Partly inspired by the Club Monaco style, it would be summery, easy yet feminine at the same time. The delicate floral jacquard cotton I bought awhile ago was perfect for this dress, but as it's rather sheer, I had to fully line it with a cotton lining, and use french seams throughout.

 Initial sketch

Initial sketch

My first sketch (a very lazy attempt) was for something with a more waisted look with an elasticated waistband. Whilst prototyping however, I realised I preferred a more A-line look, with very slight elastication along the waist. It's a tremendously satisfying feeling to make something just the way you like it (and be your own fit model!). But given my slightly obsessive/perfectionist streak, this meant many edits along the way...

 Floral jacquard cotton

Floral jacquard cotton

 Preparing the hem gathered ruffle-panel

Preparing the hem gathered ruffle-panel

 Finito!

Finito!

And yaay to my easy fit (perfect fit for me!) dress. It's exactly knee length. After some fussing, I finally completed my dress from sketch to finished product! The actual sewing wasn't difficult, but turning those 1cm wide straps inside-out was a test of my vast reserve of patience. 

I love making my own and the sense of connection/intimacy I feel that comes with knowing the WHOLE story behind my dress..