Storm smock

Storm dress

Just sharing an easy Sunday sew, a smoky smock-y dress made as the storm started to appropriately brew outside (which kind of turned out to be a damp squib, in my area anyway.). One of those makes where I bought the fabric with a ~vision~, washed it immediately, cut out while still slightly damp and had the thing finished by the next night. Anyone else do that or just obsessive me?

Storm dress

I found the fabric in Rolls & Rems in Lewisham on Saturday. We were down in the area meeting friends at Brockley market so I skipped down the road afterwards. It was pretty good, though actually I think my local Holloway one has better stock. Yes, it’s basically tie-dye denim, the description of which conjures up a vision of an 80s nightmare – but this is a subtle one in moody shades of grey and just £5.60/m. I was happy to find it as I’d been planning a copycat of this Motel dress for a while (without the nasty lace-up back) and this stuff is a decent match.

Storm dress

It’s basically a fitted bodice from a Burda pattern in my stash together with a simple gathered rectangle for the skirt, closed with an invisible zip up the back. Not exactly a taxing exercise.

Storm dress
Storm dress

The sleeves are left elbow length and rolled up, the hem is a machine blind, and the neckline is serged then twin-needled. These are fast becoming my favourite finishing techniques: a superb combo of being fairly quick yet pretty pro-looking and easy to wear and care for.

Storm dress

I’m pretty happy with this quick and cheap make overall: the fit could be a bit better across the shoulders and neckline – you can see here it gapes a bit – but it works as an easy autumn frock.

11 thoughts on “Storm smock

  1. AvatarStevie

    Love the dark stormy colours! Our storm didn’t do much other than delay all of the trains, there I was thinking i’d be romantically stranded with Tea, Knitting, Sewing Machine and Pug!

  2. AvatarKate @ M is for make

    Looks really great, love the fabric. I am always having to iron-dry fabric after I pre-wash it so I can sew with it, very impatient. The storm in Dorset was pretty horrid, felt like the house was going to take off!

  3. AvatarTaracat

    I love this! And the fabric is perfect. Well done for seeing beyond the 80s nightmare and coming up with such a gorgeous smock.

  4. AvatarAnnie

    It’s a great dress – i love the fabric! I’d not heard of rolls and rems before – apparently I’ve been living under a rock. Need to get myself over to holloway :)

    1. AvatarSeamsOddLouise

      Love your enthusiasm, cutting out whilst still wet. My problem is that I’m a procrastinator and take too long deciding which fabric. Dither, dither

  5. AvatarCirque Du Bebe

    I love this! I would totally buy it in a shop, if I was that way inclined. Very very cool, looks like something you could make at least 5 of and a good transitional piece too?

    1. AvatarKatie Post author

      Thanks! I definitely plan to make more of these, it’s a canvas for cool fabric.

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