As part of Indie Pattern Month, I am pleased to able to share with you my By Hand London Zeena Dress.
If you haven’t see it already, the lovely gals over at Monthly Stitch have organized a month to celebrate Indie Pattern Designers. They have three different pattern bundles to offer with 3 patterns in each or the extended versions with 6 patterns. The savings are huge – up to 50% of the standard pricing!!
I went with bundle 1 which is the Chill Out bundle – a capsule of garments for casual wear:
It was so difficult to decide what to made as this is a great bundle. My wardrobe is sorely lacking in dresses with sleeves so the Zeena dress won out. Although I feel the Sophie cardigan and Liana jeans will follow soon…oh and an Olivia dress (depending how my Appleton goes).
I used a light chambray polka dot denim – because polka dots! They are a neutral right?!
The Zeena pattern goes together super easily, there are no darts and no sleeves to set in. I have to say, I didn’t like the look of the release box pleats on the bodice so I changed mine to sewn up box pleats, I find this much more flattering on my busty shape. The neck is a touch wide on me but I’m not too bothered by the excess I have. The skirt is a super easy box pleated dirndl – with pockets! The back is finished with a invisible zipper.
These pics were taken after several hours in the car (roadtrip!), so not bad that it isn’t completely crushed – I’m calling that a win. BTW – super fun roadtrip 2.5 hours south of Brisbane to buy liqueurs – it’s good to have goals right?
I like that this is a nice basic dress, easy to wear as is for our autumn days or pair with a cardi, tights and boots for winter. You will note that it was a very windy day when these pics were taken so I and my dress are a little windswept!!
If you needed an excuse to buy the pattern bundle – the profits from the sale of these patterns is split evenly between the designers involved, The Monthly Stitch, and a charity chosen by the designers. For the Chill Out Capsule, the charity is the Starship Childrens Hospital.
Happy Chilling Out!!