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?
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.
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.
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.
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.