Last Saturday I had a birthday party to attend, not just any party, this one had an island theme. How fun, not only was the party on an island, all guests were requested to dress in tropical themed clothing. Originally I had ideas of a bright pink rayon dress with orange hibiscus flowers on it, but of course, do you think I could find the fabric? After a quick IG survey of the available options a black poly knit printed with hibiscus flowers and tropical foliage was agreed upon.
The pattern is a modified version of New Look 6282.
The pattern is designed for a woven, but as my knit wasn’t super stretchy and the pattern is not fitted I decided this wouldn’t be too much of an issue. Because I like to live life on the edge, or perhaps because I made this only 3 days before the event (you decide), I didn’t muslin first (I was also hoping the knit would be forgving. Luckily this worked!
Based on my measurements I cut a size 14 in the top and a 16 for the skirt. The skirt is supposed to be in three panels front and back. As I had no intention of the split I didn’t see the point in this, so when cutting I laid the centre and side panel pieces side by side, overlapping the pieces slightly to account for the seam allowance and matching the notches. This resulted in the front and back being whole seamless pieces. I also omitted the skirt lining.
The bodice is supposed to have facings. To me, this is not ideal for this kind of dress at all. Instead, constructed the front a little differently
– I cut two fronts, one to use as a lining.
– I then sewed the fronts together around the top, right sides together, sandwiching the shoulder straps where indicated
– I then elasticized and finished the back piece
– the side seams were then sewn, the back sandwiched between the two fronts, this makes a nice tidy interior with no pesky facings to pop out
– the back straps were then placed where convenient and stitched in place
I only shortened the dress by 3″, so anyone taller than 5’2″ may need to lengthen the skirt. I also didn’t change the length of the bodice, normally I would shorten by an inch or so.
I really like the back strapping detail (note I did bring my centre straps in slightly as I preferred this look). I love that this is a bra-friendly dress, so often not the case with a strappy dress.
Not only was this dress great for the party, I also wore it to the beach today, it’s great to throw on over togs.
I am already planning another couple of these dresses as I really like the bodice, although at least one will be knee length. A maxi dress is pretty fun, but is quite hot to wear and I find I am always hoicking it up.
BTW – I suspect this will be one of the last of my beach shots. Next weekend we move house, back to the city! Whilst the beach is very pretty, it is so far from civilization and we have both been going crazy so far from stores, amenities, and life in general. Yay to being back in the city (10 minutes from a fabric store, not 40) – boo to packing and moving.