I have been trying out lots of shift dress patterns this year and not all of them have been successful. This one however was an easy make and very wearable.
I have tried vintage patterns with alterations, a modern body con dress pattern that was a bit on the snug side in the wrong fabric, my pleat fronted tropical dress that was a fabulous fit and now this. A straight forward short sleeve shift.
The pattern was free in Prima magazine March 2015. I like free magazine patterns, you don't get too precious about them, you can just hack away and make what you want using them as a basis. All I did to this one was shorten the body and move the darts up to my waist.
This retro pattern is really pleasing to the eye and a stylish change to flowers. The background is navy with a bubble tree motif in a perfect size pattern repeat to not worry too much about pattern matching. The quality of the cotton was beautiful which made it easy to press and did not require lining. It is from Minerva.
I have worn it with leggings and flats as well as tights and heels to dinner at our family Easter night away in Aberdovey. It is a pretty, must have, wardrobe staple and I will be enjoying this pattern again I'm sure.
|This photo will always remind me to take a hairdryer on holiday.|
A little family picture with all of us wearing homemade outfits: three dresses and a waistcoat.
If you make one thing this summer make a shift dress, I say.
Thanks Minerva, it is totally beautiful retro fabric.