More adventures in pattern drafting …Posted: June 22, 2014
Behold, a self-drafted Maxi dress.
The fabric is a John Kaldor viscose jersey knit, with a cream on brown ‘rattan’ pattern from the very depths of my stash – in fact, I ‘found it’ whilst desperately trying to
stuff carefully place newly acquired fabrics into a drawer that is not nearly big enough.
I used the Butterick bodice pattern from another dress to get a rough shape for the top, the original pattern called for a self lined bodice, which was not what I was after, so I used the Tilton Ultimate T shirt method of binding on both neckline and sleeves. The skirt is just two rectangles, gathered using the gathering foot on my overlocker (which really didn’t impress me much, perhaps I wasn’t using it right?) and attached to the bodice. I also reinforced this seam with clear elastic tape.
Now, if we are being super fussy, the pattern matching on the bodice/skirt seam isn’t great. In fact, it’s shocking. But this is a long, loose, comfortable dress for wearing in hot weather, which is what we are currently blessed with here in Yorkshire
I will leave it to drop before hemming.