I was so excited to try out this pattern by Friday Pattern Company. If you liked the Adrienne top you are going to love this! The Adrienne top has been on my list for a while and a woven dress version sounded amazing.
I choose a Lady McElroy viscose challis from Oh! Sew shop. I loved the Deep In Thought print as soon as I saw it and this dress would be perfect for showcasing it.
Standard for all Friday Pattern Company patterns I have made, the instructions were straightforward and easy to follow. There are fabric estimates and layplans for 3 different fabric widths which I always find very helpful.
I decided to use a shorter elastic for the sleeve cuffs than recommended in the pattern, you all know I like a statement sleeve! And did a very small hem as I didn’t want to risk it becoming too short. Other than this I made every thing as stated on the pattern. I made a size small, my bust measurement is 35 inches and I am 5 ft 6. The fit was perfect around my bust and shoulders.
If I were to use a lightweight or sheer fabric again it would be easy to extend the facing to full length as a lining using the front and back pattern piece.
This pattern is perfect for beginners who want something a little different than the standard beginner patterns. The statement sleeves stand out and the loose flowy dress is easy to wear. It perfect with bare legs for warmer weather and tights or boots and a chunky cardigan when it’s chilly.
What I wasn’t expecting was to make this dress again in one of my most precious fabrics… my Gucci deadstock from Fabric Godmother. My sister got me this for my birthday last summer and I have been so scared to use it. The pattern had to be perfect before I would risk it.
But then inspiration struck and I realised this was the perfect pattern for it. The pattern pieces were all large so I didn’t have to worry about cutting through too many flowers.
As the fabric was sheer I had to be careful when constructing it. I left out the facing and used a strip of bias cut from silk organza I had bought for making press cloths. The effect was perfect and imitated the rest of the seams.
I am so happy I have finally used this fabric. I firmly believe that it is no use just sitting in my cupboard and can’t wait to wear this one!
The third version was again made from viscose, this time a floral print on a black base. I got this from The Dab Hand, a local online fabric store and pop up shop.
This was the second version of the pattern so was a little longer and slightly looser at the top. I took one inch off the hem but might take a little more after I have wore it a few times.
I had a few issues with getting the pattern printed (wrong version arrived and I didn’t realise until I had started cutting!) so had to adapt the sleeves to fit it all in. I like the loose sleeves but will probably add elastic in to have a short puff sleeve. I think it will balance out the loose shape of the dress with a more fitted sleeve.
This third version took me just over 2 hours to cut and sew. How amazing is that? This pattern is perfect for beginners and more advanced sewists looking for a quick make.
I can’t wait to make it again for summer… maybe even add a few Wilder Gown tiers and make it a maxi?