Long time, no sew

Well, not really. Although I may have neglected this blog over the last *ahem* year,  I’ve been busy sewing, and have already managed to knock up 7 new items this year. I’ll gradually start posting reviews of my favourite makes, starting with my new favourite summer dress.

The pattern

The trusty old Vogue 9273. This is my third iteration of this pattern, and my favourite by far. It’s essentially a simple tunic dress, with a gathered detail at the back – the perfect summer dress in my book.

The fabric

As soon as I saw this palm print cotton lawn on Sew Over It’s Instagram story, I knew I needed to add it to my stash. In fact I was so desperate and couldn’t want for it to be delivered to me, that I went straight to their Clapham store the next day to get it. I love a tropical print, and the more minimal feel of this fabric seemed perfect for me and this dress.

I’ve never sewn with cotton lawn before, but it was an absolute dream. It’s also perfect for this pattern – enough structure to hold the gathers at the back, but light and flowy enough for a summer dress.

The process

As with the previous versions of this dress, the only hack I made was to bring the shoulder seams in a little. Somehow this resulted in a much lower armhole than the dress ought to have. It works fine for such a floaty dress, but it is something I want to revisit when I inevitably make this dress again.

The finished product

And here is the final dress, from the front:


…and the back:


I finished this dress just in time to take away on a trip to Lisbon, where the weather was sadly a little underwhelming. I’m looking forward to warmer days in London when I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of this item as versions 1 and 2 have served me pretty well. All I need now is for the sun to come out…

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