I’m aware that most of my posts start with a clichéd reference to the weather, but I’m going to lean into it and continue with tradition. The weather in London right now is a bit of a muddle. After some late snow, a brief heatwave and some unbearable humidity, I’ve been left confused about what to wear and mistrustful of any weather forecast. Enter: the Martha midi dress.
Since making my first Martha dress over Christmas, I’ve been desperate to make a midi version to wear to work when the weather finally warms up. My inspiration was this red midi dress from Warehouse (which is sadly now out of stock).
After months of searching and failing to find a red pattern fabric, I eventually settled for a green tropical print viscose which I bought from the Knitting and Stitching Show (sadly cannot remember the name of the company, or find the fabric online!). It seems I made the right choice, as I came across this article on the allure of a green midi dress in The Pool while I was making it.
As I’ve followed the pattern once before, the construction was this time around was fairly easy and quick. Saying that, my new approach is to take my time and enjoy the sewing process, rather than rush to have a finished garment. I took extra care on the princess seams and when hemming (a stage I usually bodge in my rush to finish), and made sure all seams were neatly finished. trimmed and pressed. Not having an overlocker is no excuse for a poor finish.
The fabric was nice to work with too, I just needed to take extra care when cutting to make sure I was being accurate.
And here it is:
One thing I could have improved on is the fit. I always fear making clothes too small, so err on the side of caution and as a result this dress is slightly too big, particularly at the waist. I’m not sure if I need to go down a size, but next time I’ll take more effort to adjust the bodice and the skirt, to bring it in a little at the waist. Saying that, I do like that it’s a little roomy as I wouldn’t want it to be too fitted for hotter weather, whenever that time comes…!