Another repeat of a favourite pattern. I have a trip to Australia coming up to see friends and family and I wanted to make some new things for it. Although it looks like it is going to be warmer in Hong Kong than Aus so I might get more wear out of the cardigan from my last post than these dresses - oh well at least I am getting a head start for summer!
I've made this dress twice before so there isn't a lot more to say. It is an easy pattern and again I made view A (the white one on the pattern envelope) even easier by leaving off the shoulder zipper and not lining the bodice. I like the zip detail, I can just never find a nice one in the right length, but even if I added it I don't think I would make it functional, this dress goes on over the head easily.
My last version used a border print so I had to modify the skirt to keep a straight hem, but for these versions I went with the original pattern. These are size 12, with 3cm length added to the bodice at the shorten/lengthen lines marked on the pattern as it seems a bit short otherwise to get the blousing effect shown.
This version is in a snakeprint jersey which I found at the street market in Sham Shui Po. It has an ombre effect from pale grey at the top through beige and into a darker brown that is a bit difficult to see in the dressform photos.
This second version is in a very loud swirly print that a friend got me from the fabric market in Shanghai. The fabric is on the thin side so I lined the skirt in a very lightweight sheer knit, it's just enough to make sure the skirt isn't see through (I think and hope!). I had a go at keeping the pattern broadly matched across the waist seam, more successfully in the back than the front.
I already know that these will get worn a lot, the style and prints make these two really versatile and easy to dress up or down. This is a knit dress that can easily be made in a few hours, I really recommend it and I'm sure these won't be my last.