Hi! Would you believe I’m still trying to get blog posts done about things that I sewed in the end of 2017? This dress is one of those things. It is the Day Dress by The Avid Seamstress and I made this as the pattern sample for the Indiesew shop. We had a really warm day in mid-December, which is when the photos were taken.
As you can imagine, a couple of months later I’ve mostly forgotten all of the pertinent details about sizing and constructions. Thankfully, I’ve started keeping a notebook with modifications or fitting information, which is really helpful when I try to write a blog post 3 months after I’ve sewn something!
This is the first time I’ve sewn a pattern from The Avid Seamstress. I thought the style was really cute and would be perfect for this anchor print chambray that I’ve had in my stash for years. I originally bought it to make an Emery dress, but alas, that pattern keeps getting pushed farther and farther down in my sewing queue.
Do you ever get mental block about sewing instructions? After I started reading the instructions I saw that the skirt is gathered by sewing 1/4″ elastic to the top of the skirt pieces. I’m not sure why but this sounded super unappealing to me and I procrastinated on sewing the dress because of it. I abhor sewing with clear elastic and I was thinking that sewing the regular 1/4″ elastic to the top of the skirt would be really unpleasant. Thankfully it wasn’t a big deal at all and the skirt has nice, even gathers because of this method.
I was kind of in between sizes on this dress so I cut the bodice right between the lines for size 3 and 4. I graded to a 4 at the waist and cut the skirt at size 5. If I make this again I might make the skirt a size bigger for a little more fullness. I think I could also use a full biceps adjustment. The sleeve feels a little constricting but most likely I won’t be wearing this dress in situations when I need to have maximum range of arm motion.
I haven’t worn this dress at all since I made it, since it seems like much more of a warm weather dress. I like it a lot, though, and I’m looking forward to wearing it in the Spring and Summer. I think it will look so cute with sandals. I’m really sick of wearing boots and I can’t wait for bare legs and open toe shoes again!
Thanks for reading!