The “British Summer” dress
Notions: 22” invisible dress zip, 3 buttons
Time to complete: about 6 hours I think, maybe 8 but not more
First worn? Not yet, just for photos
Wear again? Probably not, maybe with a cardi
Total price: about £25
This is a very easy and lazy version of a Colette Licorice. No sleeves, no collar, no belt, just the dress and lining. Not even any facings, I just made two dresses, one out of the fabric and one out of lining and sewed them together using the same method as for the Truffle.
I made some adjustments to the pattern (and got loads of help from my sewing teacher Kate at the Design Studio, as usual), I did an FBA, graded between sizes as usual and shortened the front top part of the dart as well. So I am happy with the fit.
The zip went in really well – I have done a few of these invisible zips now and they are so satisfying. Just as I was getting on really well with the dress I noticed a small round burn spot near the neck. That’s why there are three buttons, it’s not a design feature but a burn coverer upper that has turned out rather well. Disaster averted.
For the photos I am in my garden and it is raining, just spitting a little. It is not holiday like at all. The British Summer is a non-event so far this year! I am trying to get in the mood with my sun hat. Later this year we are going to Slovenia for a week and I was planning to take this dress to wear as I sip wine and watch the sunset over the mountains. On the hanger the dress looks quite cute. On me, not so much. The fabric that looked so sweet is actually a trap because it is mostly white. I didn’t even wear white on my wedding day because it does not suit me at all (I wore gold). I look like an overstuffed uncooked sausage. A mostly white dress – what was I thinking? I may try to rescue it with a cardigan to break up the colour. Some you win…. lesson learnt (maybe!). I still like the pattern though, that’s a keeper.