Friday, 14 March 2014

Simply lovely dress by 'Go to patterns'

Gotopatterns has a variety of patterns that are easy to make. This dress is one of those easy to make patterns and it's simple to fit too. It's designed by Andrea Pannell.
Our summer has been hot and sticky and right now it's just plain humid, so this dress has been a go-to weekend dress that lets me stay cool. It kept me cool on a Sunday shopping at Cabramatta (the Saigon of Sydney) recently with some of the Sydney's Spoolettes. Yes - we fabric shopped after a great Vietnamese lunch.

I did some thinking about the upper body support for this dress but resolved that by keeping the neckline high so I could feel comfortable. I have very few strappy dresses in my wardrobe. See how the armhole curve gives great cover?
The skirt width calculation provided for the skirt is easy to understand and make. It certainly worked for me. The pockets are just the right size to keep your keys in. I raised the pocket placement by 2.5cm.

This print is on a white background and I chose it because of the abstract print and cool colours. The fabric is just thick enough to not need lining.
I've used white bias binding for the necklines and the tie is made from the dress fabric. So elastic and bias binding are the only notions I used. You don't need to add the bias binding. It's that easy and simply lovely.

Did you know they have a lovely maxi dress for summer too?

The long shadows show DH taking these photos as the sun was setting along the river.
He's the evening version soon. 

24 comments:

beajay said...

Both versions are lovely - the panel in the evening dress is gorgeous (as are those beige shoes! Lovely dresses.

Lara (thornberry) said...

I love both of them! Great to see the pattern in an evening and daytime version.

Velosewer said...

They're my 'go-to' shoes.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Lara.

yoshimi said...

Both dresses are gorgeous! You look very pretty in them. I especially love the white version, the print is great!

Velosewer said...

Thanks Yoshimi :)

poppykettle said...

It's gorgeous, Marie! I love the photos of you in the sun - really stunning. Brings out the colours of the fabrics and how beautifully they compliment you :)

Velosewer said...

You're too kind. Thanks heaps.

Eira Donovan said...

It is quite hard to find a pattern for a sleeveless dress which doesn't gape at the armhole. The fit of this is perfect - I will have to try it! Thank you for sharing.

Alex said...

Yet another pattern company I have not heard of and now need to explore! Your dresses are lovely and suit you so much - perfect little summer frocks!

Nothy Lane said...

I love your dress. I haven't heard of this company either but I will definitely look them up. What a flattering dress and I love the fabric. And I know you've had a smoldering hot summer but we've had an endless, icy and snowy and cold winter, so I have to tell you: I'll take heat over cold any day.

Kristy Chan said...

Great dress Maria, perfect for this lingering summer weather! You look very tanned and svelte in the white print in the setting sun

Velosewer said...

You're welcome. I can see you making this quiet easily in a recycled way :) i love your thrift makes.

Velosewer said...

You would knock this dress out of the park!

Velosewer said...

You're always welcome to visit!

Velosewer said...

Thanks Kristy. They gym beckons.

Sharon said...

Perfect dress for our humid days and love the white print dress!

Kirsty Bunfield (kbfield) said...

Love these. Perfect to show off that great fabric - and you of course!

prttynpnk said...

ooh- this is so perfect for a border print- I love it. Got to go check these out!

Velosewer said...

This dress has been such a relief to wear in the heat. And so fast to make.

Velosewer said...

You're too kind. I bet there's a Liberty print that would work well with this style.

Velosewer said...

I can send you what I have left?

Measure Twice Cut Once said...

This is such a great dress, you looked so breezy and cool in it at the Cabramatta outing of the Spoolettes. Glad to see we share a love of bias binding too!

Joy said...

This is really lovely. I actually don't have any strappy dresses, but this one looks easy to wear.

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