Your choice of fabric will determine the personality of this dress — anything from summer casual to uptown contemporary. The skirt has four pie-shaped gores that create bias movement all the way around. The neck is round a finished with a bias. The back closes with buttons. The front waist is slightly curved, adding to the visual movement. You also have the option to cut this straight if you prefer.
The pattern has 6" – 10" of wearing ease to ensure comfort. Bust tucks can be added and there is also a back tie for a little extra shaping. There are three sleeve options — a 3/4 length dolman, long cap sleeve that comes well over the shoulder, and long cap sleeve with a circle ruffle added. The arm holes are quite roomy and very comfortable.
For added wearing comfort, there is also the option of a built-in camisole just in case you feel the large armholes don’t give you enough coverage.
Note: This dress takes a lot of fabric but it is WELL worth it.
This pattern is designed to have 6" – 10" of wearing ease. Waist can be shortened or lengthened. Sizing adjustments are done at the "on the body" fitting before finishing.
This pattern sizes from small to XXLarge.
Pick about any fabric that has a tight weave and medium drape and body. There is a lot of fabric in the skirt; if you pick fabric that is thin, clingy, or stretchy, the dress will not keep its shape. Don’t use knits.
My favorite version is the dress with cap sleeves. I made it out of black crepe. Also I have a nice one with the sleeve ruffle made from washed linen.