The ‘Summer Paisley’ Dress
I think I’ve made a new record in my sewing times, in being able to whip this dress up in just under 3 hours. Having a serger has made all the difference, but it also helps that I had just recently made this dress, so the pieces were all cut and ready to go.
This dress is on the brighter side of my Spring/Summer sewing palette, but fit perfectly with the colors that I was seeing in summer trends. In particular, Pantone’s spring and summer colors. And I love the modern paisley print.
Fabric: 2.5 yards floral printed cotton, $20, on sale
Pattern: Colette Hazel, $0, second time making
Notions: Invisible zipper, $3
Time to complete: 3 hours!
First worn: This past week, in Las Vegas.
Wear again? Yes!
Total cost: $23
I considered extending the bodice for this dress, as that seems to be my new trend, but I remember reading in the Sew Colette 2 sewalong that Sarai specifically made this dress to have a higher waist. One change that I did make since first making this dress, was to extend the width of the arm straps by 2” each. While I really like the arm straps as they are, I have to wear my other version with a strapless bra because the straps and where they connected to the front of the dress made a section of my regular bras constantly visible. This change definitely solved the problem, though in the future I might just give the arm straps a little more shape, similar to the Cambie dress.
I love wearing this dress. It’s so comfortable and instantly makes me think of summer. The colors are so bright and the design is perfect for hot weather.