The Summery Polka-Dot Sundress
Fabric: Navy and white polka-dot rayon, $5/yd 60″ wide
Pattern: Simplicity 1578
Notions: Navy invisible zipper, $1
Time to complete: 16 hours, maybe more
First worn: Never been worn yet!
Wear again? Yes
Total price: $11
It’s the middle of winter here and since every week has been 30 degrees and freezing. It’s refreshing to work on a summery rayon polka-dot sundress.
I’ve made this pattern once before unsuccessfully. This time around was different.
Using a fabric with good drape and hand was crucial. The rayon is lightweight and has good drape. This pattern also reminds me why the 40s is my favorite sewing era. I have enough leftover fabric for a skirt, a blouse or shorts and the silhouette is vintage enough to be authentic yet doesn’t look costume-like or overwhelming.
Some construction details:
- made a muslin (which accounted for the 16+ hours)
- basted all the seams before sewing it up
- inserted an invisible zipper in the back
- used seam bindings for the armholes
- serged the seams
- used some leftover navy gabardine for the neckline facing
- hand-tacked the facing at center front to prevent it from flipping up
I don’t know how many sleeveless sundresses I’ll be making but this silhouette is definitely a win.