There has been some criticism of this pattern out in the sewing blogosphere saying that it is “shapeless” and “tentlike”. I think that it’s all about what size that you sew it up in and what fabric that you use. Yes, it’s a loose-fitting dress – but that doesn’t make it a tent!
As you know, I value comfort in my clothes. And when it is getting warm, there is nothing that beats a loose dress, at least in my opinion. This pattern has some great design lines – princess seams in the front, a fully lined back yoke, tucks in the back, extended shoulder line forming cap sleeves, and a fashionable hemline that is higher in the front than the back. And look, pockets! There are side seam pockets!
There is also the option of wearing this dress with a half belt. You leave small openings in the side seams for the belt to pass through to tie it at the front, or at the back. Or belt it completely (not my scene). Or not tie it at all. In the top photo the dress is worn loose: in the middle it’s belted at the front: in the bottom it’s belted at the back.
This is one of those situations where you really do need to check the measurements printed on the pattern pieces and consider the style of the dress before you decide which size to cut out. I cut this as a size 8, since it’s only fitted around the upper chest and shoulders. I’m glad that I didn’t go any larger. I also shortened it at the adjustment lines, since I am short waisted. The hem was secured with Vliesofix before I stitched a couple of rows to both secure it and decorate it. The fabric is a medium weight mystery knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics, and it has sufficient weight to ensure that the dress hangs down in nice folds rather than billowing out a little like, maybe, a tent. The pattern does suggest mid-weight fabrics, and I think it’s a good recommendation. It would work well in a crepe too. I wore this on the hot day we had on Thursday, and it was perfect. Those princess seams would really lend themselves to some piping…hmmm, what other fabrics do I have in stash that might be good for a second version?