I am not a dress person, but maybe I am a this-dress person!
I cut this carefully, given the pattern is a bit geometric and was really pleased with how the dress turned out.
I cut the higher sleeves and used View B – shorter bit with gathers under the inset panel and with ties.
This is one of the few dresses I have that feels easy to wear in Sydney summer and it actually makes you feel cooler with the floaty fabric catching the breeze.
I frenched the shoulder seams for more stability and used pinking shears on the remainder of seams so I didn’t add too much weight or bulk.
The only pain was that this fabric is fairly see through, so the interfaced sections are a bit more solid than the rest of the dress, though I can’t see it particularly in these photos.
As you can see, the floaty + breezy thing does have it’s dangers!
All the deets:
Pattern: Closet Core Patterns Charlie Caftan (View B with ties)
Size: A grade between 18 and 16 at the hips. That’s slightly under where my measurements put me, but this dress has significant ease!
- Added 1.5″ length to the body
- Graded down in the hips as noted
Fabric used: Something floaty (it behaves like silk but not sure it actually is) – I think from Pitt Trading.
Like it? Wearing it? Yes and yes
Notes for next time:
- Fast to sew (with care on the centre panel!)
- Definitely good to make again – maybe a long one?